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Hood
Post subject: Soviet Alternative CarriersPosted: February 18th, 2018, 3:57 pm
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Kiev, Project 1143, NATO 'Kuril' Class, 1975

My alternate RN needs suitable threats to face and so here is the 'Kuril' Class carrier.
The first of three Pr.1173 aviation cruisers were laid down in 1973 at South Yard, Nikolayev. Designed to support Soviet ASW groups these ships offered far superior capabilities to the two Pr.1123 Moskva Class ships completed during the 1960s. The ships combined a powerful air defence capability through medium-range SAMs and the Yak-36M V/STOL fighters carried along with a useful anti-submarine armament comprised of Ka-25 helicopters supported by ship-launched missiles and rockets. Each was equipped as a flagship. The three ships completed were; Kiev, Minsk and Kharkov.
Displacement: 40,000 tons
Dimensions: 281m (long), 60.9m (beam, including flightdeck)
Armament: 2x SA-N-3 SAM launchers, 3x SA-N-4 SAM launchers, 1x SUW-N-1 ASW missile laucher, 6x2 57mm guns, 8x2 30mm guns, 2x RBU-6000 ASW rocket mortars
Airgroup: 25x Yak-36M 'Freehand' V/STOL fighters and 25x Ka-25 'Hormone-A' helicopters
Speed: at least 30kts

Real World: The Kuril was a misidentified Kiev Class. In 1973 DOD analysts only had satellite photos of the hull of Kiev then under construction and they supposed the Kiev would combine the features of the Moskva with a larger flight deck. The drawing above is based on the artists impression republished in The Hybrid Warship and a line drawing produced by Janes around the same time, presumably based on the same artwork. This was reproduced in the 1976 novel A Game of Titans the only time the Kuril made its appearance in fiction. Quite soon however the real armament of the Kievs became clear and NATO dropped the 'Kuril' designation. The analysts for some bizarre reason assumed a gun armament of 28 57mm guns, the mounts in Janes looking like the older ZiF-31 mounts. I decided to make more use of the 30mm.
The Yak-36 is all-new (I've included a basic version in case anyone wants it) and I've touched up the old Ka-25 a bit too. Golly is fully credited here, because although the ship is 90% mine, I've ripped several elements from Golly's excellent Novgorod and Soviet carriers.

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heuhen
Post subject: Re: Soviet Alternative CarriersPosted: February 18th, 2018, 4:22 pm
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excellent drawing
I come over this one
http://navyaviation.tpub.com/14243/img/14243_276_1.jpg


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Post subject: Re: Soviet Alternative CarriersPosted: February 18th, 2018, 4:24 pm
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heh nice to see this section of soviet carrier saga presented as well. If you could post the aircafts blanko, i would be happy

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Post subject: Re: Soviet Alternative CarriersPosted: February 18th, 2018, 6:30 pm
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Very interesting design, cannot wait to see what will follow next!


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Post subject: Re: Soviet Alternative CarriersPosted: February 18th, 2018, 8:21 pm
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I like it! That island sorta-kinda reminds me of a futuristic IJN Junyo-class. Nice work!

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Post subject: Re: Soviet Alternative CarriersPosted: February 19th, 2018, 2:47 am
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EXCELLENT work Hood my old chum :!:

It's lovely to see some quality artwork featuring ships from the Eastern Bloc. All to often artists appear to concentrate on BIG Western Battleships, with BIG guns and so and so on...

So jolly well done old fruit. I LOVE her :D

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Post subject: Re: Soviet Alternative CarriersPosted: February 19th, 2018, 6:28 am
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Just a historical note, the Moskva's were considered somewhat a failure. With the fwd half being all weapons, magazines, electronics, etc and the aft half being essentially a hollow hanger, they tended to ride bow down which made them very wet forward in even a moderate sea.


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Graham1973
Post subject: Re: Soviet Alternative CarriersPosted: February 19th, 2018, 1:02 pm
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That is a very handsome ship, looking forward to seeing what comes up next, a Guevara Class Destroyer perhaps...?


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Post subject: Re: Soviet Alternative CarriersPosted: February 19th, 2018, 8:31 pm
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Excellent drawing!
And I really like that implicit mention of new AU Royal Navy coming. ;)

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Post subject: Re: Soviet Alternative CarriersPosted: March 18th, 2018, 3:53 pm
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Edited the main image with the port side now added (this was the side originally shown in the source materials mentioned in the first post).

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