Author: Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov
Company: Hikoki Publications
This book is the third in a series by these authors. It was preceded by volumes on the Middle East and Africa. In these pages the authors cover all Soviet/Russian built aircraft used by the various Asian nations from WWII to modern times.
The book has twenty-one chapters and they are laid out alphabetically by country. With the start of the cold war, the Soviets began to try and influence the politics of the Asian continent. This was done in a large way by supplying arms to many other nations not only in Asia but worldwide, not only to their client states but to those that wanted to play both sides as well.
We are treated to a nation by nation review of aircraft supplied to and used. Their combat records are covered as well as the service records for those not used in conflict. The countries covered are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam. The largest chapters by far are those of China and India, but even those nations that only received an aircraft via a defector are covered.