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The future we used to have, part 30

It’s been a while since I did one of these, so I thought it about time I added to the series. Photos are now easier to find on the internet, but finding just the right one has become somewhat harder. For some reason, it all appears to be Soviet this time…

air

Tupolev Tu-95 Bear

Tupolev Tu-95 Bear

Yakovlev Ya-28 Brewer

Yakovlev Ya-28 Brewer

Beriev Be-42 Albatross

Beriev Be-42 Albatross

Sukhoi Su-15 Flagon

Sukhoi Su-15 Flagon

sea

An Alfa Class submarine

Alfa Class submarine

A port bow view of a Soviet Kara class guided missile cruiser underway.

Kerch, Kara Class cruiser

kirov

Pyotr Velikiy, Kirov Class battlecruiser

smetlivy

Smetlivy, Kashin Class destroyer

land

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RT-20 (SS-15 Scrooge) ICBM and mobile launcher

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RT-21 Temp 2s (SS-16 Sinner) ICBM and mobile launcher

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RSD-10 Pioneer (SS-20 Saber) and mobile launcher

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OTR-23 Oka (SS-23 Spider) theatre ballistic missile and mobile launcher

wibbly wobbly ætheric thing

1RL134 (P-19 Danube) radar

1RL134 (P-19 Danube) radar

SNR-75 (Fan Song ) radar

SNR-75 (Fan Song) radar

Saturn (P-35 Bar Lock) radar

Saturn (P-35 Bar Lock) radar

1S12 (P40 Long Track) radar

1S12 (P-40 Long Track) radar


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The future we used to have, part 15

One of the things we used to have was the USSR, which meant we also had the Cold War. That gave us “the three-minute warning”, fallout shelters, Mutually Assured Destruction, vast military-industrial complexes, spies and defectors and assassinations, and all manner of political posturing that nowadays all looks a bit farcical but was quite scary at the time. It also gave us some very effective-looking military aircraft. On both sides. Here are some Soviet ones.

fighters

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Mikoyan Mig-21’Fishbed’
(source: militarywallpapers.com)

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Mikoyan MiG-25PU ‘Foxbat-C’  trainer
(source:militaryphotos.net)

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Sukhoi Su-15 ‘Flagon’
(source: Wikipedia)

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Tupolev Tu-28 ‘Fiddler’

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Yakovlev Yak-28 ‘Maestro’

bombers

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Myasishchev M-4 ‘Bison’
(source: valka.cz)

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Myasishchev M-50 ‘Bounder’
(source: testpilot.ru)

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Sukhoi T-4

BRIGHT STAR 90

Tupolev Tu-16 ‘Badger’
(source: Wikipedia)

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Tupolev Tu-22 ‘Blinder’
(source: airliners.net)

The Tupolev Tu-28 was, and remains, the largest and heaviest fighter ever to see service. The Myasishchev M-50 was a prototype – only one was ever built. A second prototype, designated M-52, was built but never flew. The Sukhoi T-4 was also a prototype, and was never given a NATO reporting name.