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Red Sam : The SA-2 Guideline Anti-aircraft Missile, Paperback / softback Book

Red Sam : The SA-2 Guideline Anti-aircraft Missile Paperback / softback

Illustrated by Jim Laurier

Part of the New Vanguard series


The Russian SA-2, nicknamed "Red SAM",is history's dominant antiaircraft missile.

In 1960, it famously downed Gary Powers' U-2 spyplane, and two years later it was one of the missiles deployed during the Cuban Missile Crisis, which almost sparked a nuclear showdown between America and the USSR.

The SA-2 was also deployed in Vietnam, North Korea, Egypt, and even the Gulf War.

Using photographs, color artwork, and rare accounts from the weapon's designers, Steven J Zaloga examines the missile's development, linking this to its massive impact on Cold War air campaigns, and investigates the design changes that have helped the SA-2 stand the test of time.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 48 pages, Illustrations (some col.)
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Humamities
  • ISBN: 9781846030628



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