As per a recent request - am enclosing a review of the book
Disclaimer - since the book is entirely in German with only english captions and my german is rudimentary - navigating through the book is cumbersome.
This is a superb work on recent tank technology with many color photos and diagrams. It is expected that this is a supplement to Ogarkiewicz's standard book on Tank Technology which somebody was kind enough to give me an e-copy as its not available any more .
Rolf Hilmes is an acknowledged authority on MBT concepts along with Ogorkiewicz Foss and Zaloga.
Rolf starts with details about armor developments of MBT95, T-95, "Black Eagle", Leclerc tanks and MBT2000 the United States, Russia, France, Germany and Sweden, as well as current vehicles of such as the M1A2, Challenger 2, T-90, T-80U M1, T-80U M2, T-84 and T-84U, Leopard 2 A5/A6/A6M, Strv.122, Merkava IV and XK-2 (South Korea ).
Around 60 pages are devoted to the developments in Russia on the tank design of the T-64, 72, 80 and 90 .
The large part of the book is on the technology components of future battle tanks. In terms of weaponry and new technologies, the efficiency of existing guns, low recoil arms, 140mm tank gun, ammunition, new developments, such PELE ammunition, temperature controlled detonators, non-lethal ammunition, SCDB propellant, guided missiles, and on possible alternative weapons, such as the electro-thermal-chemical gun, the electrothermal gun, the electromagnetic cannon, etc.
The evolution of engine technology , with the diesel engine development in Germany, USA, UK, Russia, Ukranie, HPD and the engine and the development of gas turbines, diesel-electric and hybrid drives.
There is also information on developments in drive technology, damping systems, tracked, protection concepts, and measures to prevent hit avoidance, embedded active protection systems ( SHTORA-1), embedded active hard-kill systems (DROZD and ARENA), reactive, power armor, armor, and their passive materials, mine protection, and measures to reduce secondary damage.
In conclusion Rolf addresses the future vehicles and concepts and trends.
The Annexure of 20 pages containing technical data of the main types of tanks, and 1:72 drawings .
Its a comprehensive and technically brilliant work - MUST BUY - with english and German captions for photos and otherwise in German text only .
One draw back i see is that the book is more on current trends and less on existing tank technology - maybe the reader is expected to have the basic knowledge - hence basic tank layout , cross-sections are missing. Also a chapter on fire control would have made it interesting
I Wish the publishers consider an English version as translation has been very cumbersome.
Edited by krishna_jj, 13 September 2009 - 1242 PM.