Something, but they knew how to make weapons in the Soviet Union. Reliable, simple and inexpensive. It could serve flawlessly for years and even decades. Today the Soviet Union does not exist, but its weapons are still used in a number of countries. And we are not talking about the CSTO countries at all, but about the NATO countries. It just so happened that in some of them a lot of Soviet weapons remained and, despite the past years, they are still being successfully operated.
A light military fighter appeared at the very end of the Cold War, in the 80s of the last century. Almost immediately, the plane managed to become a symbol of the communist threat for the West. At the time of its creation, the MiG-29 turned out to be a truly "absolute" combat vehicle, unrivaled. The planes were highly appreciated by the pilots of the GDR. After the collapse of the USSR, the 29th remained in service with countries such as Poland (more than 30 vehicles), Bulgaria (16 vehicles), Slovakia (12 vehicles).
The embodiment of Soviet combat power on land. This combat vehicle is capable of withstanding even frankly barbaric operating conditions. The most simple, unpretentious and at the same time very reliable tank. This combat vehicle is used in many countries today, of course, with some modifications. Isn't this fact the best characteristic for a weapon? The T-72 tank also became the most massive tank for its generation. It is also (still) used in a number of NATO countries. It is used in Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
Definitely another tank! Only this time flying. An interesting fact is known: during the Iran-Iraq war, the Mi-24 was able to shoot down a Phantom fighter. The helicopter is especially praised for its high reliability and endurance. The aircraft was highly appreciated by NATO pilots who managed to sit at the controls. Today, the helicopter is still used by countries such as Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
4. SAM "Cube"
A very old type of Soviet weapon. The fact is that the "Cube" air defense system was adopted in the USSR for service back in 1967. Despite the fact that the best times of this complex are already far behind, a number of countries still keep it in service. Among them are the current member states of the North Atlantic Alliance, namely Poland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Hungary. The last two, however, are actively looking for what could replace the Cube air defense system in the foreseeable future. True, this enterprise (replacement of equipment) is not the cheapest one.
5. 2C1 "Carnation"
Cheapness and killer efficiency - these are two words that fully characterize the 2C1 "Carnation". It is still one of the best self-propelled guns in its class. It must be admitted that artillery is an easily modified and not the most dynamically developing type of modern weapon, and therefore "Carnations" are still in service with a huge number of former socialist countries. Separately, the car is praised for its excellent maneuverability, crew protection and the ability to cross water obstacles.
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