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Kirov, 1941
General characteristics
692 peopleCrew
Standard armament
3 x 180 mm/57 B-1-P naval gun3 x Primary
300 roundsAmmunition
100 mm/56 B-34 universal naval cannon, pattern 19406 x Secondary
300 roundsAmmunition
45 mm 21-K cannon7 x Anti-aircraft
500 roundsAmmunition
12.7 mm DShK machine gun3 x Anti-aircraft
2 000 roundsAmmunition
50 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
533 mm 53-39 torpedo2 x Torpedo
3 roundsAmmunition
220 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
610 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png6 040 / 7 852/6 330 / 8 229/4 560 / 5 928Repair
180 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
610 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 500 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.90 Rp icon.pngReward for battle


GarageImage Kirov.jpg

The Kirov, 1941 is a rank IV Russian light cruiser with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was first announced in Update 1.87 "Locked On".

General info

Survivability and armour

Talk about the vehicle's armour. Note the most well-defended and most vulnerable zones, e.g. the ammo magazine. Evaluate the composition of components and assemblies responsible for movement and manoeuvrability. Evaluate the survivability of the primary and secondary armament separately. Don't forget to mention the size of the crew, which plays an important role in fleet mechanics. Tips for preserving survivability should be saved for the "Use in battle" section.

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Primary armament

Main article: B-1-P (180 mm)

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Secondary armament

Main article: B-34 (100 mm)

Some ships are fitted with weapons of various calibres. Secondary armament is defined by the weapon chosen with the control Select secondary weapon. Evaluate the secondary armament and give advice on how to use them. Describe the ammunition available for the secondary armament. Provide recommendations on how to use them and which ammunition to choose. Remember that anti-air armament, even heavy calibre weapons, belong in the next section.

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Anti-aircraft armament

An important part of the ship’s armament responsible for air raid defense. Anti-aircraft armament is defined by the weapon chosen with the control Select anti-aircraft weapons. Talk about the ship’s anti-air cannons and machine guns, the number of guns and their positions, their effective range, and about their overall effectiveness – including against surface targets.

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Torpedo armament

Main article: 53-39

Many ships are armed with torpedo launchers, and for some vessels such as boats, torpedoes are an extremely important means of defeating an opponent. Evaluate the position of the torpedo launchers, discuss the ammunition available, firing specifics such as dead zones, features of the torpedoes themselves, etc.

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Usage in battles

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Tier Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
I Dry-Docking Tool Set 180 mm B-32 Anti-Air Armament Targeting
II Rudder Replacement Fire Protection System Smokescreen 180 mm PB-32 100 mm ZS-56R HE-VT Auxiliary Armament Targeting
III Propeller Replacement Shrapnel Protection Ventilation 180 mm ZS-32 Improved Rangefinder Primary Armament Targeting
IV Engine Maintenance New Pumps Ammo Wetting Torpedo Mode

Pros and cons

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Following the devastation of the Russian Civil War, the remaining industry available to the newly formed Soviet Union was everything but capable of designing large, new warships. Aware of this, the Soviet Union sought help from abroad, in order to be able to commit to the planned expansion of its navy.

In the end, help came from the Italian shipbuilders, which sold the blueprints for the Condottieri C light cruiser as well as the necessary machinery to the Soviets. Engineers further modified the design to suit Soviet needs, which included the fitting of new triple turrets, among other constructional changes. The project was approved in November 1934 as the Project 26.

Plans were made to construct a total of six Project 26 cruisers, which would be built in pairs and would receive various improvements over the respective previous pair. The Kirov, as the lead and prototype ship of the class, was laid down for construction in October 1935, after a minor delay.

The Kirov was launched in late 1936 and joined the Baltic Fleet in September 1938. After briefly taking part in the Winter War, Kirov quickly became trapped in the waters between Kronstadt and Leningrad by German minefields, following the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.

The warship would remain stationed in those waters for the better part of the war, providing gunfire support for the besieged defenders of Leningrad. Shortly after the end of WW2, Kirov was severely damaged by a German seamine. Following repairs, the ship was completely overhauled in the late 1940s and was later reclassified as a training ship in the early 1960s. In February 1974 however, Kirov was eventually sold for scrap, marking the end of its close to four decade long service.

- From Devblog


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See also

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  • reference to the series of the ship;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

USSR light cruisers
Krasny Kavkaz · Krasny Krym