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The Scud and Other Russian Ballistic Missile Vehicles (Armor at War 7037)
By Steven J. Zaloga
Publisher: Concord Publications 2000 72 Pages
PDF 29 MB
Mobile ballistic missile vehicles are among the world's most powerful weapons. They combine the nuclear power of missiles with the mobility and survivability of tracked or wheeled launch vehicles. This type of mobile weapon system was especially popular in the former Soviet Union, and remains an essential element of the Russian armed forces today. This book takes a look at the wide range of Soviet and Russian ballistic missile vehicles, from the small divisional rocket artillery systems such as the FROG-7, to mobile intercontinental missiles such as the SS-25 Sickle. This book contains some of the first published photographs of many of the secret and lesser known vehicles. Soviet mobile ballistic missiles have been mentioned frequently in the news over the past decade both in regards to arms control talks and in accounts of regional conflicts. Until recently, the Soviet Union was the only country which extensively exported ballistic missiles. As a result, nearly all ballistic missiles fired in combat since the end of World War 2 have been Soviet missiles or those based on Soviet designs. The Scud is the most famous of these because of its use in the 1991 Gulf War, but other types, such as the FROG-7, have also seen extensive combat employment.