Red SAM: The SA-2 Guideline Anti-Aircraft Missile (New Vanguard #134) (Paperback)

Red SAM: The SA-2 Guideline Anti-Aircraft Missile (New Vanguard #134) By Steven J. Zaloga, Jim Laurier (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Steven J. Zaloga, Jim Laurier (Illustrator)
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This is book number 134 in the New Vanguard series.


The SA-2, nicknamed Red SAM, is the most widely used air defense missile in history, most famous for nearly sparking a nuclear exchange between the USSR and America when one brought down a U-2 spy plane in 1960. Deployed widely against American aircraft in Vietnam the SA-2 has seen service in North Korea, Egypt, and various world conflicts including the 2003 Gulf War and remains in service today despite its aging 50-year-old technology.

Using rare interviews and accounts from the Russian designers of the weapon, and supported by photographs and color artwork, Steven J Zaloga examines the development of the SA-2, linking the technical history of the weapon to its massive impact on air campaigns during the Cold War, and investigates the design changes, which helped the SA-2 stand the test of time.

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 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, including NVG 294 Allied Tanks in Normandy 1944 and NVG 283 American Guided Missiles of World War II. He currently lives in Maryland, USA.

Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974–78, and since graduating with Honours, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon.

Praise For…

“Praise for the New Vanguard Series: Overall, these books are a good source of the 'what' and 'why' . . . a good overall reference source, and the photos . . . are all excellent, as clear as possible, and support the text.'” —Hyperscale
Product Details
ISBN: 9781846030628
ISBN-10: 1846030625
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: May 22nd, 2007
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: New Vanguard