Deliveries of single-seat su-27sm3 a mid-life update and two-seat Su-30SM and Su-30M2 multi-role fighters are also underway. Exercises are being held more frequently than in the 1990s and in-flight refuelling of various aircraft, including tactical bombers, is practiced on a much wider scale than before, as are long-range flights by groups of fighters.
The book, companion to the highly successful Soviet Tactical Aviation, illustrates the current state of the Russian Air Force's tactical aviation as well as its recent history in various overseas conflicts. Details are given of the aviation bases units, their locations and the principal types currently in service.
Much attention has been paid to combat training. Much importance has attached to fleet renewal and upgrading of the Russian Tactical Aviation capability. Russian tactical aviation is illustrated throughout with many previously unpublished photos, including air-to-air shots during recent Russian Force exercises, as well as color profiles of Russian tactical aircraft and helicopters operated by various aviation bases.
Russian Tactical Aviation: Since 2001 - Production and deliveries of the su-34 tactical bomber are continuing and for want of a next-generation attack aircraft, the Russian Air Force is continuing to upgrade its Su-25 fleet--the latest Su-25SM3 is now in service. In the 20-odd post-soviet years the russian Air Force has been repeatedly reformed and in the course of the reforms the importance of Tactical Aviation has risen.
Russia's Air-launched Weapons: Russian-made Aircraft Ordnance TodayHarpia Publishing - Also included are the range of strategic munitions currently fielded or in development for the Russian Air Force, including cruise missiles and nuclear bombs. Addressing a previously neglected field within aerospace research and publishing, Russia's Air-launched Weapons will appeal to aircraft and weapons enthusiasts and conflict researchers alike.
This latest volume in harpia's new-look format continues the publisher's aim of providing unrivalled detail and accuracy in its coverage of lesser-known areas of air warfare research. See:. This latest volume in harpia's new-look format continues the publisher's aim of providing unrivalled detail and accuracy in its coverage of lesser-known areas of air warfare research.
Russia's Air-launched Weapons: Russian-made Aircraft Ordnance Today - Following harpia publishing's acclaimed two-volume series Russia's Warplanes, author and researcher Piotr Butowski sheds light on the full range of air-launched ordnance of Russian origin that can be found in large-scale service today. This unique reference work provides a wealth of information - most of which has been gained from first-hand and internal industry sources - on the full spectrum of Russian aircraft-launched weapons.
Supported by newly commissioned artworks and extensive specification tables, rockets, chapters describe in detail air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, guided and free-fall bombs and cluster munitions, as well as aircraft guns.
Sukhoi Su-27 & 30/33/34/35: Famous Russian AircraftCrecy Publishing - Richly illustrated with color photographs, line drawings and color profiles of the various color schemes carried by the type, this is the definitive work on a truly outstanding aircraft. The book covers the design and testing of the prototypes in both configurations, the production entry of the basic Su-27 single-seat fighter and the Su-27UB two-seat combat trainer together with the efforts of Sukhoi to keep them up to date with mid-life upgrades to Generation 4++' Su-35S level.
This book tells the story of how the original project developed, how the final configuration of what was known as the T-10 was selected and why the brave decision to scrap the original project and rework it as the T-10S was taken, a decision that proved to be justified. These naval variants are included in the book as is a chapter describing the story of how China purchased license manufacturing rights for the Su-27 and went on to develop its own versions with indigenous avionics and weapons, including the basic J-11 fighter and the J-15 Flying Shark--a clone of the Su-33.
The post-soviet republics included, ethiopia, angola, malaysia, the Su-27/Su-30/Su-34/Su-35 family has seen service with nearly 20 nations, including places as far apart as Vietnam, Indonesia, India and Venezuela. The book describes in depth the development and operational career of the Su-27 family, including mid-life upgrades and the latest variants, and features detailed fleet lists.
Sukhoi Su-27 & 30/33/34/35: Famous Russian Aircraft - The operational histories of su-27 versions including the Su-30/Su-34/Su-35 are also described. When the soviet navy decided to bolster its fleet with carriers optimized for conventional take-off and landing CTOL aircraft, Sukhoi responded by developing the Su-27K, which later entered service as the Su-33, Russia's first operational CTOL shipboard fighter.
The sukhoi design bureau was tasked in 1969 with developing a fourth-generation heavy fighter and thus began the story of the Su-27, known to the western world as the Flanker--an aircraft which turned out to be one of the most successful Soviet fighter designs.
Russia's Warplanes. Volume 2: Russian-made Military Aircraft and Helicopters TodayHarpia Publishing - Between them, the two works present in full detail the fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters that equip the various Russian air arms, as well as those developed for and operated by foreign states in the post-Soviet era. Alongside technical descriptions for each military aircraft – and every significant sub-variant – currently available from Russia’s aerospace industry, or otherwise in large-scale service, Piotr Butowski provides historical background and accurate data relating to production and operators around the world.
Full coverage is extended to upgrades, as well as the new avionics and advanced weapons that these introduce. The second volume in the series is dedicated to long-range bombers – including the Tu-95MS and Tu-160 that recently made their combat debuts over Syria – maritime patrol and antisubmarine warfare aircraft, theater transports, strategic transport and tanker aircraft, and trainers.
Russia's Warplanes. Volume 2: Russian-made Military Aircraft and Helicopters Today - Following the success of the first offering in the series, Harpia Publishing presents the second volume of Russia’s Warplanes, completing what has become a standard reference work on the subject. Once again researched and written by the acknowledged expert in the field, the book draws upon the author’s unrivaled connections within the Russian aerospace industry to conclude this comprehensive directory of the country’s latest military aviation hardware.
The result forms an essential companion to Volume 1, attack and transport helicopters, which detailed tactical combat aircraft, reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft, and special mission aircraft including airborne command posts and relay aircraft. Harpia Publishing.
Carrier Aviation in the 21st Century: Aircraft carriers and their units in detailHarpia Publishing - With the detail, precision and accuracy expected of Harpia Publishing, this latest volume provides a force report of the various air components and associated vessels fielded by those select nations that field fixed-wing-capable aircraft carriers. The modern aircraft carrier is without doubt one of the most exciting and hazardous operating environments in the field of warfare.
. The ‘flattop’ is a symbol of global military power without parallel, and it remains a capability beyond reach of all but the most well equipped navies. Harpia Publishing.
Russia's Warplanes. Volume 1: Russia-made Military Aircraft and Helicopters Today: Volume 1Harpia Publishing - Additional assets, strategic transport and tanker aircraft, maritime aircraft, theater and special purpose transports, including long-range bombers, and air-launched weapons will be dealt with in Volume 2. Supplemented by many photographs, as well as specially created maps and diagrams, some of which from exclusive sources, Volume 1 of Russia’s Warplanes launches the most comprehensive study of the fixed- and rotary wing aircraft types – manned and unmanned – that can currently be found in Russian service or which are being built or offered for export.
As such, the breadth of this work extends from the latest multi-role fighters developed by Mikoyan and Sukhoi, via successive generations of combat rotorcraft, to airborne early warning and electronic intelligence-gatherers. As well as familiar types such as the su-30mk family of fighters and mi-24/35 assault helicopters that have proven so successful on the export market, Russia’s Warplanes extends its reach to the various new and upgraded types that are beginning to populate Russia’s rejuvenated air arms, including those still under development, including the enigmatic ‘fifth-generation’ Sukhoi T-50 fighter.
Russia's Warplanes. Volume 1: Russia-made Military Aircraft and Helicopters Today: Volume 1 - As well as outlining aircraft that currently equip the various Russian air arms, the first of two volumes also takes into account aircraft developed for and fielded by foreign states in the post-Soviet era. Piotr butowski provides authoritative technical descriptions for each military aircraft – and every significant sub-variant – currently available from Russia’s aerospace industry, or otherwise in large-scale service.
Russia’s warplanes is set to become the standard reference work on the subject. Harpia Publishing. With the level of accuracy and insight familiar to Harpia’s regular readers, and details of operators, upgrades, each aircraft profile also includes specifications, avionics and weapons.
Tupolev Tu-16: Versatile Cold War BomberSchiffer Military History - The type saw quite a bit of combat―from the Six-Days War of 1967 to the Afghan War. It was the first soviet medium bomber to feature swept wings, and it was built around a pair of turbojets that were the world's most powerful jet engines at the time. Developed to meet a soviet ministry of defense requirement for a fast bomber that would counter the threat posed by NATO, the Tu-16 was a ground-breaking project.
It also served as the basis for the first Soviet jet airliner, the Tu-104. The tu-16 was also produced in China and remains in Chinese service to this day. The book features many hitherto unpublished photos. Harpia Publishing. First flown in 1952, reconnaissance, the Tu-16 filled such roles as nuclear bomb delivery, missile strike, and Electronic Counter Measures.
Tupolev Tu-16: Versatile Cold War Bomber - All known versions are described, as is the Tu-16's operational career. Nearly 1, and the tu-16 showed remarkable longevity, 500 were built for the Soviet Air Force and the Soviet Navy, the final examples being retired in 1993.
T-90 Standard Tank: The First Tank of the New Russia New VanguardOsprey Publishing - In the wake of the t-72 tank's poor performance in the 1991 Gulf War, the Kremlin instructed the Russian tank industry to drop the discredited T-72 designation in favor of the T-90 Vladimir. Harpia Publishing. The t-90 was in fact a further evolution of the T-72 family, but the name change represented an important break in Russian/Soviet tank design history.
Using detailed illustrations and full color artwork, this book will also describe the evolution of the T-90s many failed successors including the little known Bokser, Molot, as well as its likely successor, the new T-14 Armata, and T-95, and the wide range of specialized vehicles based on the T-90 chassis such as the formidable Terminator tank support vehicle.
T-90 Standard Tank: The First Tank of the New Russia New Vanguard - The t-90 has become the principal export tank of Russia, and is in service in large numbers in many countries including Algeria, India, and many of the former Soviet republics.
Modern Chinese Warplanes: Chinese Air Force - Combat Aircraft and UnitsHarpia Publishing - Harpia Publishing. The centerpiece consists of almost 100 fully illustrated pages detailing the organizational structure of the air force, providing an easy-to-use review of all known flying units, their equipment and their markings. In parallel, the general structure has been thoroughly modernized to cope with China’s latest challenges.
Consequently, this fully revised edition is organized in three parts: the most important military aircraft and their weapons found in service today; aircraft markings and serial number systems; and orders of battle for the PLAAF. No other book has ever attempted to present this level of accuracy in this way: Modern Chinese Air Power portrays the PLAAF in a degree of detail that was previously unavailable.
The study includes the latest developments emerging from behind the ‘Great Wall’, including the J-20 stealth fighter program, Y-20 strategic transport and the latest developments in UAVs that are equipping a rapidly modernizing air arm. In 2012 the original modern chinese warplanes set the standard as a uniquely compact yet comprehensive directory of modern Chinese air power, combining magnificent illustrations and in-depth analysis.
Modern Chinese Warplanes: Chinese Air Force - Combat Aircraft and Units - What is more, the structure of the people’s Liberation Army Air Force PLAAF has been completely revised by transforming the former Military Regions into Theatre Commands. However, in the time that has passed since the first edition a plethora of new types, systems and weapons has been revealed. Now almost six years later, much of the fascination that Chinese military aviation holds for the analyst and enthusiast still stems from the thick veil of secrecy that surrounds it.
Russian Strategic Aviation TodayHikoki Publications - Harpia Publishing. Backed up by around 600 photographs, many previously unreleased, detailed line drawings and color profiles including individual names and nose art, this book provides a wealth of information for the historian and modeler alike. Russian strategic aviation today is a companion volume to Soviet Strategic Aviation - In the Cold War, which together present a unique insight into the strategic aircraft of the Soviet and Russian air forces since 1945.
Russia began by recovering some of the heavy bomber assets left outside its borders, eight Tu-160 Blackjacks, the Tu-95MS Bear-Hs based in Kazakhstan, and three Tu-95MS Backfire-Cs of the bomber fleet taken over by the Ukraine. Flown by the russian air force's 37th air army, amongst others, these bombers were involved in, the military operation to stop the Georgian aggression against South Ossetia in August 2008.
Russian Strategic Aviation Today - The russian air force's strategic bomber component was inherited from the Soviet Air Force after the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Russian strategic aviation today includes a development and design history of the Blackjack, Bear, their armament, and Backfire, unit badges, and insignia of the Russian units operating them.
President putin's ride in a tu-160 during a major exercise in which he performed a live missile launch is well documented, as is a visit to Venezuela by three Tu-160s which caused much dismay in the USA.
M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank 1993–2018 New VanguardOsprey Publishing - Harpia Publishing. Recent years have seen new variants of the series such as the ABV Assault Breacher Vehicle and M104 Wolverine Heavy Assault Bridge. Its m1a1 and m1a2 variants have seen great improvements made to this iconic tank, including in fire-control, armor protection, and thermal imaging technology.
Involvement in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan necessitated a number of upgrades and modifications as the United States fought two of its longest wars. Over the past few decades, the M1A1 Abrams has also been extensively exported and is license produced in Egypt. The long-awaited follow-up to nvg 2 m1 abrams main battle tank 1982–92 1993, this fully illustrated study examines the Abrams tanks' last quarter-century of service with both the United States and its various foreign operators with a focus on its combat history.
M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank 1993–2018 New Vanguard - Since the gulf war, the Abrams tank has undergone a transformation, while fighting in conflicts across the world.