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Soviet Air Power in Transition
Soviet Air Power in Transition
By Robert P. Berman
Brookings, 1978, 82 pp

A comprehensive look at the historical evolution and main characteristics of, and recent trends in, the Soviet air forces. Analyzes Soviet design changes from lightweight, specialized air defense vehicles to more complex, multipurpose ground attack aircraft. Berman's theme is that these major changes in design and operational activity make the Soviet air forces increasingly capable of independent, preemptive missions against NATO's air bases and nuclear storage sites. An important study in a relatively neglected area.