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A fully illustrated encyclopaedia of all modern military vehicles in service today. Includes tanks, personnel carriers, reconnaissance vehicles; self-propelled guns and self-propelled anti-aircraft systems.
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A fully illustrated encyclopaedia of all modern military vehicles in service today. Includes tanks, personnel carriers, reconnaissance vehicles; self-propelled guns and self-propelled anti-aircraft systems.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780004724522
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/16/2000
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 4.99 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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The aim of this book is twofold:firstly, to act as a convenient handbook for the reader to identify quickly and accurately almost any modern armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) in service today; secondly, to provide key information on the vehicle.

Some entries are more highly illustrated because there are so many local variants; indeed for some vehicles space limitations have prevented inclusion of every possible variation.A typical example is the M48.This was built with a 90mm gun, but many countries hav refitted it with a 105mm gun which has a distinctive bore evacuator mid-way along the barrel; some countries have also added a thermal sleeve.US M48s have never been fitted with skirts, but the South Korean vehicles have skirts.

Recognition features can be further complicated by additional stowage bins and baskets, while the introduction of reactive armour, for example on the Israeli M48, M60 and Centurion tanks and Russian T-64, T-72 and T-80 MBTs, alters their appearance completely.

Complications can arise from placing a vehicle in one particular section.For example, the Alvis Scimitar is used by the British Army as a reconnaissance vehicle, other countries use it as a light tank.As it is one of the few tracked reconnaissance vehicles, we have included it under tanks.4x4, 6x6 and 8x8 vehicles have all been grouped, as they have in the wheeled armoured personnel carriers section, but some vehicles have been developed for use in a wid range of roles.For example, the Cadillac Gage LAV-150 and the Swiss MOWAG Piranha range of 4x4, 6x6 and 8x8 vehicles can be fitted with weapons ranging from a 7.62 mm machine gun to a 105mm gun in the caseof the 8x8 version.

Although space limitations have prevented all possible versions being included, many of these are mentioned in the text.Each entry has full technical specifications, ky recognition features, development notess, list of variants, current status and list of users, manufacturer and, for most entries, a side view drawing and three photographs.

The fourth edition of this book, which has become the standard work of its type in its class, was compiled in the mid-1999.this edition has over 380 new photographs and drawings and virtually every entry has been updated.In addition there are 16 new entries covering new armoured vehicles that have entered production or service or are expected to do so in the near future.

Comments and new photographs for future editions should be sent to the author as soon as possible.The author would like to thank the many companies, governments and individuals who hae provided information and photographs for the book.Special thanks are due to my wife Sheila for her help and encouragement while the book was being compiled.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Light Tanks & Main Battle Tanks
TAM (Argentina) 10
SK105 (Austria) 12
Type 85-II (China) 14
Type 80 (China) 16
Type 69 (China) 18
Type 59 (China) 20
Type 62 (China) 22
Type 63 (China) 24
AMX-13 (France) 26
AMX-30 (France) 28
Leclerc (France) 30
Leopard 2 (Germany) 32
Leopard 1 (Germany) 36
Arjun (India) 40
Zulfiqar (Iran) 42
Merkava (Israel) 44
Ariete (Italy) 46
OF-40 (Italy) 48
Type 90 (Japan) 50
Type 74 (Japan) 52
AI Khalid (Pakistan) 54
PT-91 (Poland) 56
TM-800 (Romania) 58
T-90 (Russia) 60
T-80 (Russia) 62
T-64 (Russia) 64
T-72 (Russia) 66
T-62 (Russia) 70
T-54/55 (Russia) 72
PT-76 (Russia) 76
K1 (S Korea) 78
Pz 68 (Switzerland) 80
Challenger 2 (UK) 82
Challenger 1 (UK) 86
Scorpion (UK) 88
Khalid (UK) 92
Chieftain (UK) 94
Vickers Mk 3 (UK) 96
Centurion (UK) 98
T-84 (Ukraine) 100
M1A1/A2 (USA) 102
M60 (USA) 106
M48 (USA) 110
M47 (USA) 114
M41 (USA) 116
Stingray (USA) 118
M-84 (Yugoslavia) 120
Tracked Apcs/Weapons Carriers
Steyr 4K 7FA (Austria) 124
Saurer 4K (Austria) 126
BMP-23 (Bulgaria) 128
Type 90 (China) 130
YW 531H (China) 132
YW 531C (China) 134
Type 77 (China) 136
AMX-VCI (France) 138
AMX-10P (France) 140
Marder 1 (Germany) 142
Jaguar 1 SP (Germany) 144
Wiesel 2 (Germany) 146
Wiesel 1 (Germany) 148
Boragh (Iran) 150
Oto Melara IAFV (Italy) 152
Dardo IFV (Italy) 154
Type 89 (Japan) 156
Type 73 (Japan) 158
SU 60 (Japan) 160
Type 60 106 mm RR (Japan) 162
MLVM (Romania) 164
MT-LB (Russia) 166
BMP-3 (Russia) 168
BMP-2 (Russia) 170
BMP-1 (Russia) 172
BMD-3 (Russia) 174
BMD-1 (Russia) 176
2S9 120mm mortar (Russia) 178
Bionix 25 IFV (Singapore) 180
ATTC (Singapore) 182
Daewoo IFV (S Korea) 184
ASCOD MICV (Spain/Austria) 186
Pbv 302 APC (Sweden) 188
CV 90 (Sweden) 190
Pvrbv 551 (Sweden) 192
BvS 10 APC (Sweden) 194
Bv 206S APC (Sweden) 196
FNSS Defense Systems IFV (Turkey) 198
Warrior (UK) 200
FV432 APC (UK) 202
Stormer APC (UK) 204
Striker SP ATGW (UK) 206
Spartan APC (UK) 208
M2A3 Bradley IFV (USA) 210
AIFV (USA) 212
M113A2 APC (USA) 214
M901 (USA) 218
AAV7A1 (USA) 220
AAAV (USA) 222
M-60P APC (Yugoslavia) 224
BVP M80A ICV (Yugoslavia) 226
M-80 ICV (Yugoslavia) 228
4 X 4 Vehicles
Tenix S600 APC (Australia) 232
ADI Bushmaster APC (Australia) 234
BDX APC (Belgium) 236
EE-3 Jararaca (Brazil) 238
RH ALAN LOV APC (Croatia) 240
Kader Fahd APC (Egypt) 242
Kader Walid APC (Egypt) 244
ACMAT APC (France) 246
Panhard VBL (France) 248
Panhard M3 APC (France) 250
Panhard AML (France) 252
Berliet VXB-170 APC (France) 254
Dingo APCV (Germany) 256
TM170 APC (Germany) 258
UR-416 APC (Germany) 260
Condor APC (Germany) 262
FUG (Hungary) 264
PSZH-IV APC (Hungary) 266
RAM AFVs (Israel) 268
Type 6616 (Italy) 270
Puma APC (Italy) 272
Type 6614 APC (Italy) 274
Boneschi MAV 5 APC (Italy) 276
LBV (Fennek) (Netherlands) 278
Chaimite APC (Portugal) 280
Commando Mk III APC (Portugal) 282
TABC-79 APC (Romania) 284
ABI (Romania) 286
BRDM-1 (Russia) 288
BRDM-2 (Russia) 290
BRDM-2 ATGW (Russia) 292
BTR-40 APC (Russia) 294
Aligator (Slovakia) 296
BOV-VP APC (Slovenia) 298
Nyala APC (S Africa) 300
Mamba Mk II APC (S Africa) 302
Casspir Mk III APC (S Africa) 304
RG-12 Patrol APC (S Africa) 306
BLR APC (Spain) 308
Eagle ARV (Switzerland) 310
Piranha APC (Switzerland) 312
Roland APC (Switzerland) 314
Otokar Cobra APV (Turkey) 316
Otokar Akrep (Turkey) 318
Otokar APC (Turkey) 320
Shorland APC (UK) 322
Ferret (UK) 324
Fox (UK) 326
Alvis Saxon APC (UK) 328
Shorland S-55 APC (UK) 330
Glover Webb APC (UK) 332
Tactica APC (UK) 334
Simba APC (UK) 336
Ranger APC (USA) 338
ASV 150 (USA) 340
LAV-150 AFV (USA) 342
Dragoon (USA) 344
Scout (USA) 346
M1114 (USA) 348
6 X 6 Vehicles
Pandur APC (Austria) 352
Sibmas APC (Belgium) 354
Engesa EE-11 Urutu APC (Brazil) 356
Engesa EE-9 Cascavel (Brazil) 358
Cougar/Grizzly (Canada) 360
WZ 523 APC (China) 362
WZ 551 APC (China) 364
XA-180 APC (Finland) 366
ERC-90 F4 (France) 368
AMX-10RC (France) 370
VBC-90 (France) 372
VCR APC (France) 374
VAB APC (France) 376
Fuchs APC (Germany) 378
RN-94 APC (International) 380
Type 87 (Japan) 382
Type 82 (Japan) 384
BTR-152 APC (Russia) 386
Ratel 20 (S Africa) 388
BMR-600 IFV (Spain) 390
VEC (Spain) 392
Saracen APC (UK) 394
Hussar APC (UK) 396
Saladin (UK) 398
LAV-300 AFV (USA) 400
8 X 8 Vehicles
Bison APC (Canada) 404
LAV-25 (Canada) 406
OT-64C (1) (SKOT-2A) (Czech) 408
Spahpanzer Luchs (Germany) 410
Centauro (Italy) 412
TAB-77 APC (Romania) 414
TAB-71 APC (Romania) 416
BTR-90 APC (Russia) 418
BTR-80 APC (Russia) 420
BTR-70 APC (Russia) 422
BTR-60PB APC (Russia) 424
Al-Faris AF-40-8-1 APC (Saudi Arabia) 426
Rooikat (S Africa) 428
Self-Propelled Guns
152mm PLZ45 (China) 432
152mm Type 83 (China) 434
122mm Type 85 (China) 436
122mm Type 54-1 (China) 438
DANA 152mm (Czech) 440
United Defense SP122 (Egypt/USA) 442
155mm GCT (France) 444
155mm Mk F3 (France) 446
CAESAR 155mm (France) 448
PzH 2000 155mm (Germany) 450
Soltam L-33 155mm (Israel) 452
Palmaria 155mm (Italy) 454
K9 Thunder (Korea, South) 456
Type 75 155mm (Japan) 458
HSW Krab 155mm (Poland) 460
Model 89 122mm (Romania) 462
M1975 (S4) 240mm (Russia) 464
M1975 (2S7) 203mm (Russia) 466
2S23 SP mortar (Russia) 468
2S19 152mm (Russia) 470
2S5 152mm (Russia) 472
M1973 (2S3) 152mm (Russia) 474
M1974 (2S1) 122mm (Russia) 476
G6 155mm (S Africa) 478
Bandkanon 1A 155mm (Sweden) 480
AS90 155mm (UK) 482
M110 203mm (USA) 484
M107 175mm (USA) 486
M109A2 155mm (USA) 488
M44 155mm (USA) 490
M108 105mm (USA) 492
Glossary 494
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2003

    A must have resource for any understanding of modern militaries, and land forces.

    Jane's Tanks and Combat Vehicles Recognition Guide, with Christopher F. Foss has got to be one of the key sources used by anyone dealing with current military land power. Christopher F. Foss stands out as one of the top leaders in pointing out the facts, and nothing but the facts in any publication caring his name. Unlike the three other top names in military land power platform, and devices Foss shows a real sense for understanding what is real, and what is not, pointing out the key details of a weapons system/platform, and disregarding what may be fictional. Anyone dealing with the subject of land warfare in the current age cannot be without such a resource as this. Jane¿s has printed few handbooks covering Armored-fighting vehicles in the last years (one, with one correction in 2000), and the changes that have occurred in China¿s weapons development, not withstanding those in other key countries make having this handbook instrumental in unlocking the changes in the years. This book, along with it¿s more pricey big brother, and a real armor expert can do nothing more then give a better understanding of the true nature of the armed forces of the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2003

    Lot's of Info About Armored Military Vehicles!

    This book contains tons of info about the world's tanks, APC's, and armored vehicles. It also has many pictures. If you are very interested in tanks, etc.., Jane's Tanks and Combat Vehicles Recognition Guide is a great buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2001

    Great Book

    I love this book, It has almost all the info I could want on tanks and other armoured vehicles. It has great pictures and a lot of the tanks have drawings of them from a side view. It was worth it to get this book.

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