RUSSIAN STRATEGIC AVIATION TODAY
Autore: Y. Gordon, D. Komissarov
Storia, sviluppo e impiego del Tu-95MS Bear-H, Tu-160 Blackjack e Tu-95MS Bckfire-C con una iconografia eccezionale che comprende circa 600 fotografie (molte delle quali inedite), profili a colori e dettagliati disegni al tratto. Ricca trattazione del noseart, degli armamenti e delle insegne di unità.
The Russian Air Force’s strategic bomber component was inherited from the Soviet Air Force after the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Russia began by recovering some of the heavy bomber assets left outside its borders, the Tu-95MS Bear-Hs based in Kazakhstan, eight Tu-160 Blackjacks and three Tu-95MS Backfire-Cs of the bomber fleet taken over by the Ukraine. Flown by the Russian Air Force’s 37th Air Army these bombers were involved in, amongst others, the military operation to stop the Georgian aggression against South Ossetia in august 2008 and a visit to Venezuela by three Tu-160s which caused much consternation in the USA. Russian Strategic Aviation – Today includes a development and design history of the Blackjack, Bear and Backfire, their armament, unit badges and insignia of the Russian units operating them. Backed up by over 500 photographs, many previously unreleased, detailed line drawings and colour profiles including individual names and nose art, this book provides a wealth of information for the historian and modeler alike.