Beautifully illustrated with many rare and unpublished photographs, Soviet Cold War Fighters looks at the main development periods of Soviet fighter designs and covers all the important features and developments for each – a total of four generations of fighter were developed from the late 1940s to the early 1980s – that witnessed the most iconic and powerful fighters such as the legendary MiG- 15, MiG-21, Tu-128, Su-9, MiG-23, MiG-25 reach for the skies, followed by the modern day MiG-29, MiG-31 and Su-27, which strike fear in the West for their phenomenal weaponry and blistering performance.All aircraft are described in detail with facts and figures, including their weapons and instances of combat employment, as well as explaining how the Cold War drastically changed Soviet fighter design to counter the West. Researched and written by Alexander Mladenov, a leading aviation journalist, this is a highly detailed testament to leading Soviet fighter design and development.
||248 x 172 mm
||15 February 2016
||202 black-and-white and 51 colour photographs
Alexander Mladenov is an aviation and defence author and journalist. His work has appeared in no fewer than twenty defence publications around the world, including AirForces Monthly, AIR International, Combat Aircraft and Defence Helicopter. He has also published four books on the subject of Soviet military aircraft. His main research interests include post-Second World War military aviation developments, jet fighters, bombers and helicopters designed between the 1950s and 1990s in the Soviet Union as well as the war in Afghanistan.