Russia's Warplanes. Volume 2

Russian-made Military Aircraft and Helicopters Today

Piotr Butowski

Date Published :
December 2016
Publisher :
Harpia Publishing
Illustration :
full color throughout
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Following the success of the first offering in the series, Harpia Publishing presents the second volume of Russia’s Warplanes, completing what has become a standard reference work on the subject. Once again researched and written by the acknowledged expert in the field, the book draws upon the author’s unrivaled connections within the Russian aerospace industry to conclude this comprehensive directory of the country’s latest military aviation hardware.

The result forms an essential companion to Volume 1, which detailed tactical combat aircraft, attack and transport helicopters, reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft, and special mission aircraft including airborne command posts and relay aircraft. Between them, the two works present in full detail the fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters that equip the various Russian air arms, as well as those developed for and operated by foreign states in the post-Soviet era.

Alongside technical descriptions for each military aircraft – and every significant sub-variant – currently available from Russia’s aerospace industry, or otherwise in large-scale service, Piotr Butowski provides historical background and accurate data relating to production and operators around the world. Full coverage is extended to upgrades, as well as the new avionics and advanced weapons that these introduce.

The second volume in the series is dedicated to long-range bombers – including the Tu-95MS and Tu-160 that recently made their combat debuts over Syria – maritime patrol and antisubmarine warfare aircraft, strategic transport and tanker aircraft, theater transports, and trainers. The work provides authoritative accounts of Russia’s current and future strategic bomber programs, as well as other fascinating types including the world’s largest military transport, the An-124, and the new-generation Yak-130 advanced trainer and light attack aircraft.

In common with previous Harpia titles, the book contains a wealth of high-quality photographs, many of which have never previously been published.

About The Author

Piotr Butowski is an aviation journalist, writer and photographer specialising in the aviation of Russia, especially the themes of aerospace industry and technology. Since 1978 he has published several thousand articles in aviation magazines all over the world, mainly in Poland, the UK, France and Germany, but also in Brazil, the US, Japan, Spain, Italy, Russia and other countries. He is author of around 15 books on Russian aviation published in Poland, the US, the UK and Hong Kong between 1985 and 1996. After a break of almost 20 years, he wrote the first volume of the Russia's Warplanes series last autumn.


...beautifully illustrated format follows Volume 1's proven prescription. Individual chapters recap manufacturer, role, power plant, dimensions, performance, armament, "history" and operators – among other entries. Steel yourself for surprises. How about that aborted Tu-160PP "escort electronic warfare Aircraft and interceptor" variant – "intended for hunting transport aircraft carrying supplies from the United States to Europe during wartime"? And how about the wild warpaint on that armed Russian Border Guard An-72P? Butowski liberally seasons his sumptuous stew with fascinating facts and photos. ..Harpia's lavishly illustrated, two-part set remains the most authoritative, English-language survey of modern Russian warplanes. Buy both – definitely! Roundly recommended!

- Cybermodeler

“I suspect this book will be for collectors primarily, but it is nonetheless a brilliant collection, thoroughly comprehensice and beautifully illustrated.”

- Books Monthly

“The book is a must for air force libraries and defence ministries worldwide - as well as Russian airpower enthusiasts who will find it equally indispensable.”

- Aviation News

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