T-80 Standard Tank: The Soviet Army's Last Armored Champion (New Vanguard) Paperback – 10 Feb 2009
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"The book is full of photos and illustrations, mostly in color, that again, will make this a much-used modeler s book... If your interest includes modern Soviet/Russian armor, I highly recommend this book to you... This volume gives you a developmental history that is easy to read and understand, plus the many photos and illustrations chosen with the modeler in mind, make this a very valuable asset to every modelers library." -Howie Belkin, "IPMS/USA
""Steven J Zaloga's "T-80 Standard Tank: The Soviet Army's Last Armored Champion" offers a narrowed focus for speciality military collections focusing on military equipment. The T-80 was the last tank fielded before the collapse of the Soviet Union - and the most controversial. Its history is revealed with photos and discussion." -"California Bookwatch" (April 2009)"
The book is full of photos and illustrations, mostly in color, that again, will make this a much-used modeler's book... If your interest includes modern Soviet/Russian armor, I highly recommend this book to you... This volume gives you a developmental history that is easy to read and understand, plus the many photos and illustrations chosen with the modeler in mind, make this a very valuable asset to every modelers library. "Howie Belkin, IPMS/USA"
Steven J Zaloga's T-80 Standard Tank: The Soviet Army's Last Armored Champion offers a narrowed focus for speciality military collections focusing on military equipment. The T-80 was the last tank fielded before the collapse of the Soviet Union -- and the most controversial. Its history is revealed with photos and discussion. "California Bookwatch (April 2009)""
The history of the little-known yet controversial T-80 and its subsequent variants.See all Product Description
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One of the really interesting bits is the politics surrounding the tank's life and especially its gas turbine. Similarly to Zaloga's work on the T-62 Main Battle Tank 1965-2005, this aspect is covered fairly well and gives an important insight into Soviet tank design and competition for orders on the top political level.
A brief mention of the operational experience in the Chechen wars is also given, partly explaining the less than stellar performance (less to do with the design than its use), seemingly the only theatre, where the tank has been used in anger.
Another interesting aspect was the development of the gas turbines and the operational difficulties associated with them. The fact that the design mushroomed in cost as a result (and by how much - the author providing costs both for complete tanks (T-80 vs. T-72B & T-90) and separately for powerpacks).
Some further details such as the gun launched ATGMs employed with the design, various generations of ERA (from Kontakt 1, via Kontakt 5 to Kaktus and Nozh) and of active protection suites are also included.Read more ›
I find this a bit disappointing.Firstly , with regards to the printing - the margins are really small and one has to really stretch the book to read.
To start , Zaloga covers the history and origins of the T-80 nicely and attempts to cover the various versions T-80 B , BV,D & T-80 U and this is where the limitations of the number of pages kick in.
THERE IS NO SECTION CALLED INSIDE THE T-80 TANK UNLIKE THE T-72.
- THE BASIC TECHNICAL DESCRIPTIONS OF THE T-80 ARE COMPLETELY OMITTED - ALTHOUGH THERE ARE SECTIONS ON REACTIVE ARMOR , DIESEL POWER PLANT (WHY NOT ON THE BASIC GAS TURBINE ??) , POTTED SECTIONS ON ANTI-TANK MISSILE - NOTHING ON THE MAIN 125 mm GUN - LOOKS LIKE THE PUBLISHER COMPLETELY CUT-OFF THE INTERESTING TECHNICAL BITS.
WHY CANT OSPREY INCREASE TO BEYOND 48 Pp IN THE VANGUARD SERIES - FORTRESS SERIES IS 60 PAGES
I would highly recommend THE Main Battle Tank T80 by Mikhail Baryatinskiy PUBLISHED BY MIDLAND COUNTIES volume is thicker (81 pages) and offers excellent colored photos of the T80 and better technical descriptions and diagrams
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