Russia's Air-launched Weapons Book Review
|Date of Review||June 2017||Title||Russia's Air-launched Weapons|
|Author||Piotr Butowski||Publisher||Harpia Publishing, LLC|
|Format||92 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$29.95|
Piotr Butowski supplements Harpia's terrific, two-part study of current Russian military aircraft and helicopters with a superb sequel on Russian warplane munitions.
Russia's Air-launched Weapons: Russian-made Aircraft Ordnance Today from spans eight chapters across 92 lavishly illustrated pages:
- Strategic Weapons
- Tactical Air-To-Surface Missiles
- Air-To-Air Missiles
- Helicopter-Launched Missiles
- Aircraft Bombs
- Aircraft Rockets
- Guns & Gun Pods
- Naval Torpedoes, Missiles & Mines
From the familiar to the future, Butowski surveys literally dozens of air-launched munitions – including weapons currently under development. More extensive subject summaries sport a capsule history, performance notes, variants and specifications table. Many others – like the ubiquitous UPK-23-250 gun pod – feature a single pithy paragraph.
It's full of fascinating facts. Did you know that "[a]ll Russian air-launched missiles weighing more than 500-700kg (1,102-1,543lb) are provided with an optional nuclear warhead"? Neither did I. And how about that Klevok-A (Hermes-A) two-stage derivative of the Vikhr-1 (AT-16 Scallion) helicopter-launched missile?
With dozens of sharp, clear color photos, it's a superb model project reference. Drawings, too, illustrate the account. You even get a selection of Russian company logos. Plenty of eye candy here.
What a potent précis. This compact compendium – and both volumes of Butowski's Russia's Warplanes: Russian-made Military Aircraft and Helicopters Today – deserve pride-of-place in the reference libraries of aircraft hobbyists, aviation historians, journalists and, yes, even intelligence analysts.
Get all three terrific tomes.
With thanks to Harpia Publishing for the review copy.