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Modern Air-Launched Weapons Hardcover – 2010


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Amber Books; First Edition edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435127021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435127029
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 23.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,471,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KRISHNA JAGA on 19 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the better offerings which covers a very niche segment and obviously there has been a lot of effort to collate this subject together - unlike the dime a dozen military aircraft directories which are regularly churned out.

The last major works have been from Bill Gunston in 1983 modern Air Combat and the best of the lot in 1986 Aircraft Armament and one from Chris Chant again in the 80's and an affordable work other than the pricey Jane's was long overdue.

The author has divided this into 3 parts - a history of air to air weapons , second the loadout and configurations and a directory - a loadout is a particular combination of weapons and ammunition, employed for a specific mission and a potted directory of available weapons which includes air to air ; air to ground ; air to sea and rockets and bombs.

The challenge in this book is to depict the various configurations - the author has addressed this by showing a full rear view colour profile with wing loadings and then using computer graphics to remove the wings with the munitions suspended in mid-air to show the actual location . Bill Gunston in his novel 1983 Modern Air Combat addressed this by showing hige front view artworks with the wing configurations head-on which depicted this nicely and smaller side-on silhouettes as a supplement and this came out very nicely - however he had not addressed the various attack configurations which this book addresses and neither had he covered bombers and air naval attack variants but he had given almost a half page in development history of the major weapons.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Wyatt on 29 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book can be split into three parts. Firstly a brief history of air launched weapons. Secondly, sections on most of the worlds major combat aircraft and their weapons fits, and thirdly, a directory of weapons. Whilst there is a section on US Marine Harriers, disappointingly there is no section on RAF Harriers. The section on the F-111 has drawings of Australian F-111s, but no photos. There are some mistakes in this main middle section. In the Tornado section, it mistakenly puts laser guided bombs and anti-ship missiles on outer pylons when they should go under the fuselage. The Kormoran is illustrated but not the Sea Eagle, nor are counter-measure pods. The F-111 has an air-to-air fit that was not used by the USAF or RAAF. The Rafale section has US/UK weapons but is missing many French weapons. Many widely used aircraft like the Mig-21 are excluded. The directory section has OK drawings, not that detailed, and not that many photos. The serious modeller could well be disappointed by this book. As a study of modern air weaponry, it is OK, but the flaws are disappointing.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bo Hermansen on 1 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have read loads of reference books, but I have newer come across such a
poor researched/written book as this.
Most of the pictures in this volume has seen in other books, nothing new there
From Page one and forward the book is flawed, I am not sure the book contains any information that is correct.
But just to mention a few of the worst mistakes:
Why do the author show pictures of A-10 Thunderbolt with a double
AIM 9L load on the right wing station and yet on all his "mission examples" he shows the loadout with a single
AIM 9L on the left/right outerstation ???, the A-10 has newer newer ever has AIM 9 on the left outboard station, that station is reserved for a ALQ 119/131/184
Why on earth show the F 22 Raptor with ground attack weapons, that would be like using a arab fullblood racing horse to pull a beercart, The USAF don't own that many F-22, their sure not gonna use them for ground attack
The section on Rafale show on page 134, a Rafale fighter with 2X 3 AASM on trible ejector racks, the captions for this picture say : "There is still room for three Brimstone anti-armour weapons under each wing"
Why show the Rafale with Norwegian Penguin missiles, the France don't have Penguin, why show the Rafale with ASRAAM, the French use the Magic 550 and MICA on the Rafale
Why on earth show the F-111 in air to air and SEAD mode, the F-111 has newer been used for these missions
The Tornado section show many wrong weaponsloads, but the most stupid thing is the showing of the JP 223 runway
denial munitions, a system thats has long been withdrawn from service
I also don't get why the author insist on showing the Tornado GR1 with double shoulder ASRAAM, The Tornado GR1/IDS has newer flown with a double load.
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Great Buy 19 Nov. 2010
By KRISHNA JAGA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the better offerings which covers a very niche segment and obviously there has been a lot of effort to collate this subject together - unlike the dime a dozen military aircraft directories which are regularly churned out.

The last major works have been from Bill Gunston in 1983 modern Air Combat and the best of the lot in 1986 Aircraft Armament and one from Chris Chant again in the 80's and an affordable work other than the pricey Jane's was long overdue.

The author has divided this into 3 parts - a history of air to air weapons , second the loadout and configurations and a directory - a loadout is a particular combination of weapons and ammunition, employed for a specific mission and a potted directory of available weapons which includes air to air ; air to ground ; air to sea and rockets and bombs.

The challenge in this book is to depict the various configurations - the author has addressed this by showing a full rear view colour profile with wing loadings and then using computer graphics to remove the wings with the munitions suspended in mid-air to show the actual location . Bill Gunston in his novel 1983 Modern Air Combat addressed this by showing hige front view artworks with the wing configurations head-on which depicted this nicely and smaller side-on silhouettes as a supplement and this came out very nicely - however he had not addressed the various attack configurations which this book addresses and neither had he covered bombers and air naval attack variants but he had given almost a half page in development history of the major weapons.

Some key points - excellent full page rear side original loading artworks , good appreciation of tactics to address various mission profiles and technologies (could have done with some more tactical diagrams ) - most of the major combat aircraft are covered around 20 including the B-2 , F-22 , F-35 and the Flanker series ( the Mirage 2000 and the SU-34 got missed out) - but generally the coverage has been excellent.

The only negative point is that the author has tried to address novice readers as well - hence the development history of aircraft is covered rather than the development history of the actual weapons concerned - which is where Jane's scores over this book.

The directory section is representative only (possibly due to size issues) could have been a bit more comprehensive (mostly covers the key US and Russian ones) and felt with another 10 pages would have included some key weapons like the Israeli Derby and some Chinese types which are missed but i was pleased to see the inclusion from Inida and south africa ex of the supersonic Brahmos and Darter.

Despite a few shortcomings i would say this is a serious work and quite a refreshing change for the serious enthusiast - defintely worth buying and very affordable for its large size would well have been double the price if published by Midland .
SUPERB! 28 Dec. 2012
By Ivo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have no words to express the excitement about this book. All I can say is: more books like this one are needed! The topic is very interesting, broad and related to the present and the future, so more to write about it is what is needed. And there is a lot to write about.
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