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Slava class

Guided-missile cruiser

Slava class cruiser

The Slava class cruisers carry 16 Bazalt anti-ship missiles, that have a range of 550 kilometers

 
 
Entered service 1983
Crew 480 - 520 men
Sea endurance ?
Dimensions and displacement
Length 186 m
Beam 21.5 m
Draught 7.6 m
Displacement, standard 10 000 tons
Displacement, full load 12 500 tons
Propulsion and speed
Speed 32 knots
Range ?
Propulsion four main and two auxiliary gas turbines delivering 108 000 shp to two shafts
Aircraft
Helicopters 1 x Ka-27
Armament
Artillery 1 x twin 130-mm DP gun, 6 x 30-mm AK-630 CIWS
Missiles 8 x twin Bazalt (SS-N-12 Sandbox) surface-to-surface missile launchers, 8 x octuple Fort (SA-N-6 Grumble) surface-to-air missile launchers, 2 x twin Osa-M (SA-N-4 Gecko) surface-to-air missile launchers with 36 missiles
Torpedoes 2 x quintuple 533-mm torpedo tubes
Other 2 x 12-barrel RBU 6000 ASW rocket launchers

 

   The first of the Kara follow-on class was first seen outside the Black Sea in 1983. At first designated BlackCom 1 by Western intelligence, and later known as the Krasina class, these powerful vessels are now known as the Slava class after the original name of the lead ship. Slava (now Moskva), was laid down at the Nikolayev Shipyard in 1976. Launched in 1979, Slava entered service in 1983 after extensive trials. By 1990 three of the class were in service, with a fourth under construction.

   Possibly designed as a less-expensive complement to the massive Kirov class battlecruisers, the Slavas are primarily surface action vessels, designated RKR (Raketnyy Kreyser, or missile cruiser). Their primary weapons are 16 P-500 Bazalt (SS-N-12 Sandbox) anti-ship missiles, although they possess great anti-aircraft and anti-submarine capability.

   The hull appears to be an improved Kara type with increased beam and length to accommodate new weapon systems, the larger size also enhancing stability and allowing the radar mast height to be increased. Twin funnels are fitted, venting the exhaust from the gas turbine propulsion system.

   There have been reports that the Slavas were built with large quantities of flammable material, and their damage control systems were poorly designed.

   Initially it was believed that at least eight and as many as 20 cruisers were planned, replacing the Kynda and Kresta classes as they retired. However, with the Russian navy virtually bankrupt there were no funds available for such expensive warships, and only four were laid down.

   Moskva was in refit through most of the 1990s, returning to become flagship of the Black Sea Fleet. The second unit, Marshal Ustinov, commissioned in 1986, serves with the Northern fleet, though it has been in overhaul since the mid-1990s. Varyag (formerly the Chervona Ukraina) was commissioned into the Pacific Fleet in 1989. The fourth unit was launched in 1990 as the Admiral Lobov, but was transferred incomplete to the Ukrainian Navy. Renamed Ukraina, it was planned to become the Ukrainian fleet flagship, but was never completed due to limited funding.

 

Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Status
Moskva (ex-Slava) 1976 1979 1982

active, in service

Marshal Ustinov (ex-Admiral Lobov) 1978 1982 1986

active, in service

Varyag (ex-Chervona Ukraina) 1979 1983 1989

active, in service

Ukraina (ex-Admiral Lobov) 1984 1990 -

incomplete

Oktyabrskaja Revolyutsiya 1988 - -

cancelled

Admiral Gorshkov - - -

cancelled

 

 

Video of the Slava class guided-missile cruiser

 
Slava class cruiser

Slava class cruiser

Slava class cruiser

Slava class cruiser

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