Soviet military maps were extremely detailed (1:5,000 for some major cities such as New York). Civilian maps issued by the Soviet government had intentional inaccuracies introduced. Because they had done this themselves, this led the Soviets not to trust and commercially available maps of other territories, particularly the US and Great Britain (47).

The military maps were of such high quality that coalition ground troops and pilots relied on them during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, and were still using them as late as 2003 (134).