Jane’s Tank and Combat Vehicle Recognition Guide
The aim of this book is twofold: firstly, to act as a convenient handbook for the reader to identify quickly and accurately almost any modern armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) in service today; secondly, to provide key information on the vehicle.
Some entries are more highly illustrated because there are so many local variants; indeed for some vehicles space limitations have prevented inclusion of every possible variation. A typical example is the M48. This was built with a 90mm gun, but many countries have refitted it with a 105mm gun which has a distinctive bore evacuator mid-way along
the barrel; some countries have also added a thermal sleeve. US M48s have never been fitted with skirts, but the South Korean vehicles have skirts.
Recognition features can be further complicated by additional stowage bins and baskets, while the introduction of reactive armour, for example on the Israeli M48, M60 and Centurion tanks and Russian T-64, T-72 and T-80 MBTs, alters their appearancecompletely.
Complications can arise from placing a vehicle in
This Iraqi T-55 sports add-on armour on both turret and hull.
one particular section. For example, the Alvis Scimitar is used by the British Army as a reconnaissance vehicle, other countries use it as a light tank. As it is one of the few tracked reconnaissance vehicles, we have included it under tanks. 4x4, 6x6 and 8x8 vehicles have all been grouped, as they have in the wheeled armoured personnel carriers section, but some vehicles have