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Kresta Class

Country: Soviet Union There were two classes of these multi-role vessels. They were intended for both anti-submarine and surface warfare as well as providing additional air defence coverage for Russian...

Le Redoutable and L'Inflexible Class

Nationality: FranceFrance decided that to maintain any semblance of independence in its nuclear deterrent it must develop its own submarine designs and the missiles to be carried. It therefore rejected...

Leander Class

Country: United KingdomThe Leander Class were true Cold-War workhorses for the Royal Navy. Developed from the Whitby and Rothesay Classes of frigate, twenty-six were built. They were commissioned...

Leopard 1

When the West German army had been established it had been supplied with American tanks, notably the M47 and M48. By 1956 it was evident that M47 in particular was no more than a stop-gap. The West Germans...

Leopard 2

Although it might share some parts with its predecessor, it would be a mistake to regard this tank as a modified and improved version of it. It is in fact a completely different, and one must say, totally...

Lockheed C-130 Hercules

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport aircraft affectionately known as the ‘Herk’, the ‘Herky Bird’ and ‘Fat Albert’, went into production in 1954, following the United States Air Forces announcement...

Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter was designed as a reaction to the Korean War when the USAF found itself facing the Soviet MiG-15 fighter.  Pilots returned from Korea requesting a fighter aircraft...

Lockheed F-117

The first thing to say about this aircraft is that it is not a fighter in spite of its designation and popular mythology.  This strike aircraft has a particular mission: to attack well-protected...

Lockheed Martin F-16

The General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) F-16 was designed as a close air superiority aircraft for the United States Air Force to meet the requirements of the Lightweight Fighter Program. Importantly,...

Lockheed P-3 Orion

Developed from the Lockheed L-188 Electra civil airliner, although certainly more than just an Electra filled with sensors, the P-3 Orion grew from its humble origins to become the leading maritime surveillance...
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