Scud Ballistic Missile and Launch Systems 1955-2005

Scud Ballistic Missile and Launch Systems 1955-2005

by Steven J. Zaloga, Lee Ray, Jim Laurier

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Overview

The Scud missile was developed as the centerpiece of Soviet plans to fight nuclear war in the heart of Europe. However, it was never used in its intended role and has instead become a symbol of the changing nature of warfare in the aftermath of the Cold War. Saddam Hussein's Iraqi armed forces were almost helpless in the face of the Coalition forces in the 1991 Gulf War; the only weapon that Iraq could use to injure the Coalition forces was its arsenal of Scud missiles. This book explores the development and variants of the missile and its launch systems, its proliferation outside of the West, and its role in conflicts around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472803061
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 03/20/2013
Series: New Vanguard , #120
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 1,136,438
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Steven J Zaloga was born in 1952, received his BA in history from Union College, and his MA from Columbia University. He has published numerous books and articles dealing with modern military technology. His main area of interest is military affairs in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in World War II, and he has also written extensively on American armored forces. He lives in Maryland, USA.

Jim Laurier is a native of New Hampshire. He graduated with honours from the Paiers School of Art, Connecticut, in 1978 and has worked as a freelance illustrator ever since, completing assignments in a wide variety of fields. Jim has a keen interest in military subjects, both aviation and armour, and is a Fellow member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, the New York Society of Illustrators and the American Fighter Aces Association. Lee Ray has over ten years' experience in computer graphics and 3D design, primarily in the video games industry. He enjoys all areas of digital illustration. He currently lives and works in Australia.
Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over three decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. He currently lives in Maryland.
Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974–78, and since graduating with Honours, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon.

Table of Contents

Introduction · R-11: The Scud A · The Scud Name · The Scud at Sea · R-17: The Scud B · Scud Improvements · Scud Warheads · Scud B: The Secret Variants · Scud Organization · Launching the Scud · Warsaw Pact Scuds · Scud Proliferation · The Scud at War: Egypt · The Scud at War: Iraq · The Scud at War: Other Conflicts · The Scud at War: Afghanistan · Scud Proliferation: North Korea · Scud Replacements · Futher Reading · Color Plate Commentary · Index

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