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Soviet VMF new CLs & CAs introspective

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I would like to commend Yuzorah for posted the article of the new Soviet VMF light & heavy cruisers recently:

https://thedailybounce.net/world-of-warships/world-of-warships-the-russian-cruisers-line-split/

I thank him for sparing me the trouble from making a long article, which I'll save it for my other articles in the future.

Still, I would like to help making an introspective to complete the circle.


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Tier V - Kotovsky appears to be, from my knowledge, is possibly an overhauled light cruiser Admiral Butakov of the Svetlana-class (which was incomplete prior to the Russian Civil War). Largely based on Project 78 training cruiser modernization & refit plan, in addition to the Project MK-4 prior to Project 94 Budyonny development & postwar Project MLK-series design studies, particularly the 4 x 2 -152mm MK-4 twin guns.

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Данные                                                              Проект
МК-3 МК-4 МК-5 МК-6  Проект 94 по ОТЗ июня 1940 Проект 94 по ОТЗ декабря 1940
Дата 2 апреля 1940 20 марта 1941 Июнь 1940 Декабрь 1940
Водоизмещение 7760 8000 8130 7800 7500 8200
Главный калибр 3х2 152 мм 3х2 152 мм 3х2 152 мм 5х2 130 мм 3х2 152 мм 3х3 152 мм

So instead of the 130mm B-2LM turrets, the 152mm MK-4 turrets are selected in place of them.


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Alexander Nevsky is indeed the Project 84 air defence cruiser. The namesake is befitting for Tier X, given Alexander Nevsky was made a saint in Russian history & is considered as one of the most respectable men among the Russian people with high esteem. Besides, I like how WG devs opted for two SM-48 twin DP gun turrets on the aft of Borodino in place of the nonexistent single quad DP gun turret as shown in the draft blueprint (sensible choice).

Just in case if anyone has yet to know what is Borodino & which project she came from, Borodino is, in actuality, the Project TsNII-45 small battleship - Variant III+III-3

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Tallinn is indeed an ex-German Hipper-class heavy cruiser Lutzow, and she was formerly Petropavlovsk before renamed to Tallinn after raised from sinking. This Tallinn was, in actuality, to be officially retrofitted under Project 83-K. But it seems like Tallinn is given Kirov's MK-3-180 main gun turrets instead of the supposedly Chapayev's 152mm MK-5 triple gun turrets as originally planned for Pr. 83-K.

4 x 3 – 152mm/57 MK-5 triple gun turrets
6 x 2 – 100mm/70 SM-5-1 twin DP gun turrets
3 x 4 – 45mm/78 SM-20-ZIF quad heavy AA gun mounts
6 x 4 – 25mm/79 4M-120 quad light AA gun mounts


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I'm not entirely clear about both Riga & Petropavlovsk. But the one thing is certain to me, is that both Riga & Petropavlovsk are supposedly representing a direct parallel to Project 69 - Kronshtadt & Project 82 - Stalingrad.

Whilst Petropavlovsk is possibly the Variant III of the Pr. 82 development before it officially laid down as Stalingrad with more modern 305mm main guns, Riga could likely be Project 22 heavy cruiser/battlecruiser that was later cancelled & carried forward to the development of Pr. 69 - Kronshtadt. Other source suggested that Pr. 22 was later picked up for studies to develop Pr. 66 - Moskva. (I sense a slight discrepancy in regards to the fate of Pr. 22)


In addition, with Nevsky announced to be the top tier AACL, I got the feeling that Dimitri Donskoy could as well receive a 152mm BL-118 triple DP gun turrets upgrade to keep in the line with the general trend of Tier IX & X being an AACLs like USN's Seattle & Worcester, as well as RN's Neptune & Minotaur.

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Edited by Xero_Snake

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