Transport, aviation and fighting vehicles by Andrew Pantele

Soviet multiple rocket launcher: the BM-30 Smerch. Museum of the Soviet Army, Moscow

Multiple rocket launcher: the BM-30 Smerch, 9K58 Smerch or 9A52-2 Smerch-M is a Soviet heavy multiple rocket launcher. The system is intended to defeat personnel, armored, and soft targets in concentration areas, artillery batteries, command posts and ammunition depots. It was designed in the early 1980s and entered service in the Soviet Army in …

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M2 half-track car from 1941

The M2 half-track car is an armored half-track produced by the United States during World War II. Its design drew upon half-tracks imported from France in the 1930s, employing standard components supplied by U.S. truck manufacturers to speed production and reduce costs. The concept was designed, and the pilot models manufactured by the Firestone Tire …

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Weapons of the “Cold War”: the remains of the American reconnaissance aircraft Lockheed U-2

Weapons of the “Cold War”: the remains of the American reconnaissance aircraft Lockheed U-2.On 1 May 1960, a United States U-2 spy plane was shot down by the Soviet Air Defence Forces while performing photographic aerial reconnaissance deep into Soviet territory. The single-seat aircraft, flown by pilot Francis Gary Powers, was hit by an S-75 …

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The armies of the world: the operating model of the heavy German tank T-1 Tiger (Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. E). Mosfilm studio

The armies of the world: the operating model of the heavy German tank T-1 Tiger (Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. E). The Tiger I is a German heavy tank of World War II deployed from 1942 in Africa and Europe, usually in independent heavy tank battalions. Its final designation was Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf. E often shortened …

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Combat aviation of the USSR: Su-27. VDNKh park (Moscow)

Combat aviation of the USSR: Su-27. VDNKh park (Moscow). The Sukhoi Su-27 (Russian: Сухой Су-27; NATO classification: Flanker) is a twin-engine supermaneuverable fighter aircraft designed by Sukhoi. It was intended as a direct competitor for the large United States fourth-generation fighters such as the Grumman F-14 Tomcat and F-15 Eagle, with 3,530-kilometre (1,910 nmi) range, …

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First journey into space and the first manned space ship Vostok 1. Park VDNKh (Moscow)

Space technology of the USSR: space ship Vostok 1. Park VDNKh (Moscow). Vostok 1 (East or Orient 1) was the first spaceflight of the Vostok programme and the first manned spaceflight in history. The Vostok 3KA space capsule was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on April 12, 1961, with Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin aboard, making him the …

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