The Soviet T-80 Standard Tank was the last tank fielded before the Soviet collapse, and the most controversial. Despite having the most sophisticated fire controls and multi-layer armor ever fielded on a Soviet tank, its turbine power plant (rather than a conventional diesel) remained a source of considerable trouble throughout its career. Steven J Zaloga charts the little-known history of the T-80, covering the initial construction, through the development to the subsequent variants, the T-84 and Russia's enigmatic 'Black Eagle Tank.' Accompanying detailed cut-away artwork illustrates the unusual design features that made the T-80 so controversial.T80 AT THE CROSSROADS: THE SOVIET COLLAPSE At the time of the Soviet collapse in 1991, the T80 was the premium tank of the Soviet ground forces, deployed with the most combatready Soviet units. According to documents from theanbsp;...
|Title||:||T-80 Standard Tank|
|Author||:||Steven J Zaloga|
|Publisher||:||Osprey Publishing - 2011-10-20|