T-80 Standard Tank: The Soviet Army's Last Armored Champion (New Vanguard)
Publisher: Osprey Publishing | ISBN: 184603244X | edition 2009 | PDF | 48 pages | 21,9 mb
The Soviet T-80 Standard Tank was the last tank fielded before the Soviet collapse, and the most controversial. Like the US M1 Abrams tank, the T-80 used a turbine power plant rather than a conventional diesel. Although the design was blessed with some of the most sophisticated armament, fire controls, and multi-layer armor ever fielded on a Soviet tank, its power plant remained a source of considerable trouble through its career. It saw very little service in the Chechen War, though T-80 tanks were used in some of the regional conflicts in the former Soviet Union in the 1990s.