|Max. Displacement||52520 Tons|
|Main Guns||3 turrets (1 forward, 2 aft)|
|Sub Guns||16 turrets (8 on each side)|
|Upgraded From||Littorio -class|
In 1937 was drafted new of battleship with a weight of 45,000 t, which ignored the limits imposed by the Treaty of Washington on displacement and armed with 406 mm guns in brand new that Ansaldo was planning. In reality, where as at full load battleships Littorio class passed the 40,000 t is possible guess that these ships would have surpassed 50,000 tons. Italy had not any drydock could contain them so was started the project of a huge drydock in the port of Taranto. This project was then continued until 1941, when it became clear the impossibility to finish it before 5 or 6 years. The primary and secondary artillery would have a disposition with 9 406/50 mm cannons and 12 152/55 mm, very similar to the Littorio class, as indeed was similar the general shape of the hull. The anti-aircraft armament would have been much improved and consists of 24 guns 90/53 mm in the newest twin turrets, while the 37mm guns were placed in new plants quadruple for rapid fire. The engine would be only slightly more powerful respect class Littorio and in fact it was expected for these battleship a maximum speed of 28 knots.The protection would have been increased in all its aspects, although not in an excessive way. When in 1938 they were ordered two new battleships Littorio class, this project, strongly wanted by Admiral Pini but with opposed by Cavagnari for economic reasons, was abandoned.
Curiously, this ship has no repair fee.
- High range (349).
- High damage for a 16" ship.
- Decent maneuverability overall (although not as good as Iowa, Hood or Lion), can be modified for higher speed
- Rear turret has 320 degree firing arc, meaning that it can somewhat be used on "pencil" attacks.
- Punishingly slow reload of 20 seconds.
- High spread, comparable to the MKIV 16" found on Lion class.
- Somewhat weak armor-wise.