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Sovetsky Soyuz Class Battleship

Sovetsky Soyuz class battleship

The Sovetsky Soyuz-class battleships (Project 23, Russian: Советский Союз, "Soviet Union"), also

Sovetsky Soyuz class battleship

Type

Battleship

Cost (Silver)

555000

Cost (Level)

60

Cost (REXP)

10000

Affiliation

Soviet Navy/Russia

known as "Stalin's Republics", were a class of battleships begun by the Soviet Union in the late 1930s but never brought into service. They were designed in response to the battleships being built by Germany. Only four hulls of the sixteen originally planned had beenlaid down by 1940, when the decision was made to cut the program to only three ships to divert resources to an expanded army rearmament program.

These ships would have rivaled the Imperial Japanese Yamato class and America's planned Montana class in size if any had been completed, although with significantly weaker firepower: nine 406-millimeter (16.0 in) guns compared to the nine 460-millimeter (18.1 in) guns of the Japanese ships and a dozen 16-inch (406.4 mm) on the Montanas. However, they would have been superior to their German rivals, the Bismarck class, at least on paper. The failure of the Soviet armor plate industry to build cemented armor plates thicker than 230 millimeters (9.1 in) would have negated any advantages from the Sovetsky Soyuz class's thicker armor in combat.

Construction of the first four ships was plagued with difficulties as the Soviet shipbuilding and related industries were not prepared to build such large ships. One battleship, Sovetskaya Belorussiya, was cancelled on 19 October 1940 after serious construction flaws were found. Construction of the other three ships was suspended shortly after Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, and never resumed. All three of the surviving hulls were scrapped in the late 1940s.

PROS:

  • Highly protected with high Health Pool.
  • Decent accuracy for a long-range triple 16".
  • Decent turning radius for its slow speed
  • Decent damage per shot of 3200.

CONS:

  • Slow reload, roughly 19 seconds.
  • Can be modified to have higher speed, but armor will be severely reduced.
  • Slow speed of 26 knots when used with full-load builds.

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