Tanks at the Iron Curtain 1975–90: The ultimate generation of Cold War heavy armor (New Vanguard #323) (Paperback)

Tanks at the Iron Curtain 1975–90: The ultimate generation of Cold War heavy armor (New Vanguard #323) By Steven J. Zaloga, Felipe Rodríguez (Illustrator) Cover Image

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This is book number 323 in the New Vanguard series.


A comprehensive, illustrated account of the new generation of advanced tanks to emerge during the last 15 years of the Cold War, showcasing major improvements in armor protection, gunsights, and fire-control systems.

Focusing on the technology of the period, author Steven J. Zaloga explains how the demands of a potential Cold War battlefield spurred the development of the 20th century's most advanced tanks. He considers the final versions of the Soviet T-72, T-64, and T-80 and assesses their strengths and weaknesses. He also explores how the failure of the US-German MBT-70 project led to America's development of the M1 Abrams tank, and to Germany's all-new Leopard II. The British development of the Challenger tank is also considered, as is the lesser-known Leclerc tank developed by France, the smallest and lightest of any of the western designs.

Featuring superbly detailed new illustrations and many photos, this volume pinpoints the key technology of the era, including turbine engines, APFSDS ammunition, advanced armor and high-tech fire-control systems, and describes how the rival tanks compared in the final stretch of the Cold War arms race.

About the Author

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over three decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and history. He currently lives in Maryland, USA.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472853806
ISBN-10: 1472853806
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: October 24th, 2023
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: New Vanguard