T-80 Standard Tank: The Soviet Army's Last Armored Champion by Steven J. ZalogaT-80 Standard Tank: The Soviet Army's Last Armored Champion by Steven J. Zaloga

T-80 Standard Tank: The Soviet Army's Last Armored Champion

bySteven J. ZalogaIllustratorTony Bryan

Paperback | February 17, 2009

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The Soviet T-80 Standard Tank was the last tank fielded before the Soviet collapse, and the most controversial. Like the US M1 Abrams tank, the T-80 used a turbine power plant rather than a conventional diesel. Although the design was blessed with some of the most sophisticated armament, fire controls, and multi-layer armor ever fielded on a Soviet tank, its power plant remained a source of considerable trouble through its career. It saw very little service in the Chechen War, though T-80 tanks were used in some of the regional conflicts in the former Soviet Union in the 1990s.

Although the collapse of the Soviet Union might seem the end of the story, the T-80 lived on in Ukraine where one of its tank plants was based. A diesel powered version of the T-80 was developed, the T-84, which was successfully exported, including a major sale to Pakistan to counterbalance the Indian Army's Russian T-90 tanks. 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.

Steven J Zaloga was born in 1952. He received his BA in History from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has published numerous books and articles dealing with modern military technology, especially armored vehicle development. His main area of interest is military affairs in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe...
Title:T-80 Standard Tank: The Soviet Army's Last Armored ChampionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.69 × 7.23 × 0.09 inPublished:February 17, 2009Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:184603244X

ISBN - 13:9781846032448

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book 'T-80 Standard Tank' is one of the newer books by Steven Zaloga, first published in 2009 and replete with information obtained in the late 1990's. While unclassified information on the more modern main battle tanks from both sides of the Iron Curtain is lacking, the author presents believable official estimates to at least give the readers an idea of the capabilities of these vehicles. As compared to Zaloga's earlier books, the format of this one is more orderly, with different models of the T-80 covered in separate sections; other titles, such as his books on the T-72 and M1 Abrahms, are somewhat cluttered, with no clear distinction where the description of one variant ends and another begins. Nonetheless, all contain valuable information to the AFV enthusiast.
Date published: 2014-09-17

Table of Contents

Introduction · Design and Development · Construction · Variants · Service History · Conclusion · Colour Plate Commentary · Bibliography · Index

Editorial Reviews

"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)