By Steven J Zaloga, Ian Palmer
The T-64 tank was once the main progressive layout of the complete chilly conflict, designed to supply the firepower and armour safety of a heavy tank in a medium-weight layout. It pioneered a number of recent applied sciences together with laminate armour, stereoscopic tank rangefinders, opposed-piston engines, smooth-bore tank weapons with discarding sabot ammunition, and gun-fired guided projectiles. those extraordinary positive aspects intended that the Russians have been loath to half with the secrets and techniques of the layout, and the T-64 used to be the one Soviet tank kind of the chilly battle that used to be by no means exported. Written by way of an armour specialist, this designated technical heritage sheds gentle at the secrets and techniques at the back of the chilly War’s such a lot debatable tank, revealing how its hugely complicated applied sciences proved to be either a blessing and a curse.
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