Mikhail Kutuzov

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Mikhail Kutuzov
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Mikhail Kutuzov
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Description

The Pr.68-A, Mikhail Kutuzov, 1986 was a Sverdlov-class light cruiser, the last conventional gun cruisers built for the Soviet Navy. They were modified and enlarged versions of the Project 68-K Chapayev-class light cruisers. Unlike the Chapayev class, the Sverdlov class were built with two quintuple 533 mm torpedo launchers on each side of the hull, with two spare torpedoes for each launcher. The anti-aircraft armament was also strengthened as the Sverdlov class gained two additional pairs of 100 mm twin turrets as well as two 37 mm twin V-11 autocannon turrets. Despite their size and displacement, the maximum speed was an impressive 32.5 kn (60.2 km/h). Named after Mikhail Kutuzov, a Field Marshal of the Russian Empire that defeated Napoleon during his campaign to Russia, she was laid down on 23rd February 1951, commissioned on 30th December 1954, and assigned to the Black Sea Fleet of the Soviet Navy. In 1955, she became a test platform for the first naval helicopters, namely the Mi-1 and Ka-15. When on 29th October 1955, ex-Italian battleship Guilio Cesare, now Novorossiysk, exploded while at anchor at Sevastopol, Mikhail Kutuzov was the closest ship moored to the battleship. She immediately sent rescue teams to help and 27 of her sailors died during the rescue effort. In 1961, Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space visited the ship. In 1986, Mikhail Kutuzov became the last Sverdlov-class cruiser to undergo refit to Project 68-A standard which included removing all of her torpedo tubes and four twin 37 mm cannon mounts, and replacing them with 30 mm AK-230 CIWS mounts as well as changing her radar and ECM suite to the latest standard. She was transferred into reserve in 1987 and decommissioned on 3rd June 1992. Stricken from inventory in 2000 and on 28th July 2002 she became a museum ship permanently moored in Novorossiysk.

Mikhail Kutuzov was introduced in Update "Drone Age". Her armour protection is a significant improvement over the previous Project 26 class, which the Project 68 and 68-K and 68-A design comes from, as well as having guns with higher rate of fire, although at cost of penetration characteristic. Her anti-aircraft protection suite was expanded with thirty-two 37 mm automatic V-11 cannon barrels as well as twelve 100 mm dual purpose guns and eight twin 30 mm AK-230 CIWS mounts as she is depicted after her Project 68-A refit from 1986. The anti-air capability is further enhanced by a search and track radar with range of up to 150 km. Just like Chapayev, her magazines are close to waterline being more vulnerable to being hit, leading to fatal explosion.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Citadel120 / 100 / 50 mm
Main fire tower175 / 65 / 60 mm
Hull25 mm (steel)
Superstructure8 mm (steel)
Number of section8
Displacement18 640 t
Crew1 057 people

The armour of the Mikhail Kutuzov is effectively identical to that of the Sverdlov, with the most noticeable changes being those on the superstructure and conning tower. The belt armour is 100 mm of RHA, whilst the deck armour is 50 mm RHA.

The general survivability is worse than the Sverdlov, mostly due to a significantly smaller crew, but also more vulnerable AA ammunition locations, creating a higher chance of an ammunition detonation.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB70 / 36 km/h
RB60 / 31 km/h

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Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 70 36
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 60 31

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB12 778 → 16 573 Sl icon.png
RB13 205 → 17 126 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications172 700 Rp icon.png
269 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 000 Ge icon.png
Crew training140 000 Sl icon.png
Experts490 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 500 Ge icon.png
Research Aces670 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
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Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Engine Maintenance
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Armament

Primary armament

4 х Turret3 x 152 mm/57 B-38 cannon
Ammunition540 rounds
Vertical guidance-5° / 45°

The Mikhail Kutuzov is armed with twelve 152 mm/57 B-38 cannons in four turrets in triple mounts. These guns boast formidable fire rate of 7.5 rounds per minute while also possessing great penetration capabilities on AP shell and well above average levels of explosive filler in all shell types. All information about ammunition used in the cannons can be found in the tables below.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
1,000 m 2,500 m 5,000 m 7,500 m 10,000 m 15,000 m
OF-35 HE HE 50 50 50 50 50 50
B-35 AP APCBC 333 287 226 178 143 100
PB-35 SAP SAPBC 172 148 117 92 74 52
ZS-35 AA HE-TF 62 62 62 62 62 62
Shell details
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Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(s)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
OF-35 HE HE 950 55 0 0.1 6 79° 80° 81°
B-35 AP APCBC 950 55 0.03 7 1.69 48° 63° 71°
PB-35 SAP SAPBC 950 55 0.03 7 5.9 48° 63° 71°
ZS-35 AA HE-TF 950 54.23 0 0.1 10.1 79° 80° 81°

Secondary armament

6 х Turret2 x 100 mm/70 SM-5-1 cannon
Ammunition600 rounds

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Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
100 m 1,000 m 2,000 m 3,000 m 4,000 m 5,000 m
OF-55 HE HE 24 24 24 24 24 24
ZS-55 AA HE-TF 26 26 26 26 26 26
F-55 HE-F HE 73 63 54 46 40 34
ZS-55R AA-VT HE-VT 17 17 17 17 17 17
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
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Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(s)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
Ricochet
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OF-55 HE HE 1,000 15.6 0 0.1 1.94 79° 80° 81°
ZS-55 AA HE-TF 1,000 15.6 0 0.1 2.07 79° 80° 81°
F-55 HE-F HE 1,000 15.6 0.035 5 1.77 79° 80° 81°
Proximity-fused shell details
Ammunition Type of
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Velocity
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Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Arming
distance (m)
Trigger
radius (m)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
ZS-55R AA-VT HE-VT 995 15.9 0 0.1 270 15 1.26 79° 80° 81°

Anti-aircraft armament

16 х Turret2 x 37 mm/67 twin automatic V-11 cannon
Ammunition4000 rounds
Belt capacity5 rounds
Fire rate180 shots/min
8 х Turret2 x 30 mm AK-230 automatic cannon
Ammunition1000 rounds
Belt capacity500 rounds
Fire rate1000 shots/min

The AA weaponry of the Kutuzov is similar to the 50s era Sverdlov, being mainly composed of V-11 37 mm gun mounts, however the Kutuzov is also equipped with an array of advanced AK-230 CIWS (Close In Weapons System) mounts, which is the main feature of the ship that sets it aside from the Sverdlov.

Being CIWS mounts, they were designed with shooting down missiles, which tend to be much smaller and faster than aircraft, so you'd think they'd be great against aircraft. Whilst they do provide a highly lethal field of bullets that can rip apart inbound aircraft, these mounts are not quite as accurate as you'd expect them to be in real life. They may be modern mounts, but they do not have a more advanced targeting system modelled in and are still controlled by the same hit and miss AI as on any other ship. They also don't have a very big pool of ammunition, being designed for short bursts against straight-flying missiles. A short burst might be fine for a missile, but manoeuvring aircraft are a different matter entirely, especially when the guns are controlled by the in-game AI, which will hold down fire until the attacker is destroyed or it is out of bullets. There's also the issue that they don't have a massive range, which means that an aircraft close enough to be targeted is probably not far off from being able to drop its ordnance, if it hasn't already.

All being said, they are still potentially very deadly threats to aircraft in range, being able to track aircraft much faster than most other gun mounts and having a biblical rate of fire that deletes any unarmoured target it touches.

As a side note, despite being specifically designed to take out missiles, the mounts currently do not have this functionality modelled in game. If the ship is under attack by missile armed vehicles, such as a Tornado or USS Douglas, the CIWS mounts will utterly ignore the missiles and make no effort to intercept them.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Uses an effective three-tiered anti-aircraft suite
  • Has access to radar, granting more situational awareness against air attacks
  • Powerful secondaries

Cons:

  • No scout aircraft onboard
  • No torpedoes, making larger warships a greater threat
  • Worse survivability than the Sverdlov
  • Belt armour is inadequate compared to other cruisers

History

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See also

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Black Sea Shipyard (Черноморский судостроительный завод)
Destroyers 
Derzkiy-class  Frunze
Fidonisy-class  Kerch
Project 1  Moskva
Light Cruisers 
Project 26  Voroshilov
Project 68A  Mikhail Kutuzov

USSR light cruisers
  Imperial Russia
Svetlana-class  Krasny Krym* · Krasny Kavkaz*
  * Laid down by Imperial Russian Navy; Finished and renamed by the USSR
Project  Soviet Union
Pr.26  Kirov · Voroshilov · Maxim Gorky
Pr.68  Chapayev · Zheleznyakov
Pr.68-bis  Sverdlov · Mikhail Kutuzov
Pr.68-bis-ZiF  Shcherbakov
Trophies  Italy
Condottieri-class  Kerch