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A starboard bow view of the Soviet battlecruiser Frunze underway on March 25th, 1986.

The Kirov-class battlecruiser is a class of nuclear-powered warship of the Soviet Navy. Among modern warships, they are third in size only to battleships and aircraft carriers, and of similar size to a World War I-era battleship. The official designation of the ship-type is "heavy nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser" (Russian: Тяжёлый атомный ракетный крейсер), but because of their size and general appearance, the ships are often referred to as battlecruisers by western defense commentators.

Specifications[]

  • Type: Heavy Nuclear Powered Guided Missile Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1980-Present
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 827 feet (252.07 meters)
    • Beam: 94 feet (28.66 meters)
    • Draft: 30 feet (9.15 meters)
    • Displacement: 24,300 tons standard, 28,000 tons (full load)
  • Crew: 710
  • Power: 140,000 shp
  • Propulsion: 2-shaft CONAS, 2× KN-3 nuclear propulsion with 2× GT3A-688 steam turbines
  • Range: 1,000 nautical miles (2,000 km) at 30 knots (56 km/h) (combined propulsion), unlimited at 20 knots (37 km/h) on nuclear power
  • Speed: 32 Knots (59.27 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Voskhod MR-800 (Top Pair) 3D search RDF
    • Fregat MR-710 (Top Steer) 3D search RDF
    • Palm Frond navigation RDF x 2
    • Horse Jaw LF hull ASDIC
    • Horse Tail Variable Depth ASDIC (Variable Depth Sonar)
  • Countermeasures
    • 2 x PK-2 Decoy dispensers (400 rockets)
  • Armament
    • 2 x twin AK-130 130 mm/L70 dual purpose gun
    • 20 x P-700 Granit (SS-N-19 Shipwreck) AShM
    • 128 x 9K95 Tor (SA-N-9 Gauntlet) point defense SAM
    • 44 x OSA-MA (SA-N-4 Gecko) PD SAM

Unit Run[]

  • SVK Kirov
  • SVK Frunze
  • SVK Kalinin
  • SVK Yuri Andropov
  • SVK Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov
  • SVK Dzerzhinsky
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