The history of the little-known yet controversial T-80 and its subsequent variants.
The Soviet T-80 Standard Tank was the last tank fielded before the Soviet collapse, and the most controversial. Despite having the most sophisticated fire controls and multi-layer armor ever fielded on a Soviet tank, its turbine power plant (rather than a conventional diesel) remained a source of considerable trouble throughout its career.
Steven J Zaloga charts the little-known history of the T-80, covering the initial construction, through the development to the subsequent variants, the T-84 and Russia's enigmatic “Black Eagle Tank.”
Accompanying detailed cut-away artwork illustrates the unusual design features that made the T-80 so controversial.
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Table of Contents
Introduction · Design and Development · Construction · Variants · Service History · Conclusion · Colour Plate Commentary · Bibliography · Index
Oct 20 2011
Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Photography and original artwork: 20 black and white and 27 colour images.