First published in 1987, The Compendium of Armaments and Military Hardware provides, within a single volume, the salient technical and operational details of the most important weapons. The complete range of hardware used in land, sea and air forces throughout the world at the time of publication is covered, from tanks to rocket systems, helicopters to cruise missiles, alongside full details of size, weight and operational range. The book’s main strength lies in the detail it gives of armament and associated ammunition capabilities, and of the sensors and other electronics required for the weapons to be used effectively. A key title amongst Routledge reference reissues, Christopher Chant’s important work will be of great value to students and professionals requiring a comprehensive and accessible reference guide, as well as to weapons ‘buffs’.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Part I: Land Weapons 1. Main battle tanks and medium tanks 2. Light tanks 3. Armoured cars, reconnaissance vehicles and scout cars 4. Armoured personnel carrier and infantry fighting vehicles 5. Artillery (self-propelled and towed) 6. Multiple rocket systems 7. Unguided anti-tank weapons; Table 1.1: Machine Guns; Table 1.2: Mortars; Part II: Warships 1. Submarines 2. Aircraft-carriers 3. Battleships and battle-cruisers 4. Guided-missile cruisers 5. Guided-missile destroyers 6. Destroyers 7. Guided-missile frigates 8. Frigates 9. Corvettes 10. Fast attach craft 11. Amphibious warfare vessels; Table 2.1: Mine warfare vessels; Table 2.2: Naval guns; Table 2.3: Surface skimmers; Table 2.4: Torpedoes; Section III: Aircraft Table 3.1: Flying training aircraft; Section IV: Missiles 1. Strategic 2. Cruise 3. Surface-to-surface 4. Air-to-surface 5. Anti-ship 6. Anti-submarine 7. Surface-to-air 8. Air-to-air 9. Anti-tank; Index