Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 02:00 PM UTC
Tankograd Publishing has released news of the latest titles on route from them soon. So if you are interested in Chinese Modern Armour, the Patriot Missile System, the Challenger 2 tanks and a couple of other items, take a look inside.
This is the German language only magazine released by Tankograd Publishing. The photo quality and mix of subjects do make this an interesting title worthy of attention.
Advanced Capability Air Defence Missile System
The mission of Patriot battalions and batteries of the US armed forces is to provide air defence artillery protection against all types of airborne threats to critical assets and manoeuvre forces belonging to corps and to echelons above corps. Because of the Patriot's firepower, range and altitude capabilities, the normal role of the Patriot system is to accomplish the air defence mission within very low-altitude to very high-altitude boundaries.
This publication describes the tasks, the organisation and the vehicles of the Patriot system. This includes not only its primary assets, the launching station and radar station, but also the numerous specialised trucks of the HEMTT, M939 5-ton and HMMWV families in great detail.
Heavy Protected Recovery Vehicle
The schweres Geschütztes Berge- und Abschleppfahrzeug (sGeBAF) Bison heavy protected recovery vehicle is used by the Bundeswehr to recover and tow heavy wheeled vehicles that have broken down or had an accident, including equipment such as the LKW 15 t mil gl MULTI A4 FSA truck, variants of the Transportpanzer 1 Fuchs wheeled armoured personnel carrier and variants of the gepanzertes Transportkraftfahrzeug (GTK) Boxer multirole armoured wheeled vehicle. The Bison is based on the chassis of the Mercedes-Benz Actros 4151 AK 8x8 truck fitted with a protected cab built by the South African company LMT Holdings SOC. The Bergeaufbau EH/W 200 Bison recovery body that houses recovery equipment is manufactured by the Austrian company EMPL Fahrzeugwerk Gesellschaft.
This is the first comprehensive documentation on this new tactical vehicle in Bundeswehr service.
2 ½-ton 6x6 & 6x4 Trucks
In the U.S. Army Studebaker US6 and US6x4 models saw only very limited use with the Corps of Engineer regiments assigned to the construction of the Alcan (Alaska) Highway. Lend-Lease shipments of the US6 series came to about 90% of the production run, with by far the most being shipped to the Soviet Union. The second largest recipient of US6 vehicles was Great Britain which forwarded a number of its share to Czech and Polish units. U.S. Army units in England received US6 vehicles through Reverse Lend-Lease. The most famous vehicle on the US6/US6x4 chassis was the conversion into Katyusha multiple rocket launchers. This publication covers the production, variants, technology and service of the Studebaker US6 in all user nations.
Chinese Army Vehicles
Vehicles of the Modern Chinese People's Liberation Army
When a country possesses the largest army in the world, its equipment requirements will obviously be vast. Such is the case with China. With 2.3 million personnel in all four services of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), an enormous amount of wheeled and tracked vehicles are required for combat, mobility, logistics and specialist roles. In terms of combat vehicles, it is estimated the PLA fields 8,000 tanks and as many as 25,000 artillery pieces.
Obtaining access to operational PLA vehicles is an extremely difficult task because of the Chinese military's paranoia over security and foreign spying. Therefore, exercise photographs such as are commonplace in Western armies are virtually non-existent in China. For the purpose of the first comprehensive overview of modern Chinese army vehicles, this publication utilises photographs taken at exhibitions, open days and parades in both Hong Kong and China.
Britain's Main Battle Tank
Number 18 in the Fast Track series of books looks at the Challenger II MBT. This series of books are a photographic joy to look over and well worth the cost to purchase.
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