Scud Ballistic Missile and Launch Systems 1955–2005 (New Vanguard) (Paperback)

Scud Ballistic Missile and Launch Systems 1955–2005 (New Vanguard) By Steven J. Zaloga, Lee Ray (Illustrator), Jim Laurier (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Steven J. Zaloga, Lee Ray (Illustrator), Jim Laurier (Illustrator)
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This is book number 120 in the New Vanguard series.


The Scud missile was developed as the centerpiece of Soviet plans to fight nuclear war in the heart of Europe. However, it was never used in its intended role and has instead become a symbol of the changing nature of warfare in the aftermath of the Cold War. Saddam Hussein's Iraqi armed forces were almost helpless in the face of the Coalition forces in the 1991 Gulf War; the only weapon that Iraq could use to injure the Coalition forces was its arsenal of Scud missiles. This book explores the development and variants of the missile and its launch systems, its proliferation outside of the West, and its role in conflicts around the world.

About the Author

Steven J Zaloga was born in 1952, 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. His main area of interest is military affairs in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in World War II, and he has also written extensively on American armored forces. He lives in Maryland, USA.

Praise For…

“Highly recommended for anyone interested in Soviet or Russian military equipment or in particular, artillery and ballistic missiles.” —Jacques Duquette, Armorama (April 2008)

“...Steven Ja Zaloga, an authority on Russian military vehicles, presents a well-rounded history of the Scud.” —Military Vehicles

Product Details
ISBN: 9781841769479
ISBN-10: 1841769479
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: February 28th, 2006
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: New Vanguard