:: UDALOY CLASS (1980-1990) ::

Udaloy class antisubmarine destroyer (1980-1990) High resolution picture

The Soviet antisubmarine destroyers of the Udaloy class, launched between 1980 and 1990, were conceived as a complement of the Sovremennyy class destroyers. Even larger than those, the ships of the Udaloy class were the first Soviet warships in their genre operating with two helicopters. This along with the two quadruple SS-N-14 launchers, the two RBU-6000 antisubmarine mortars and the two quadruple torpedo tubes renders these ships as a prime threat for any submarine. Other aspects of these ships created controversy when they were seen for the first time, in particular the fitting of AK-100 single mountings instead of the newer AK-130 twin mountings and the apparently reduced radar equipment.

Even if the ships of the Udaloy class are close in size to those of the Sovremennyy class the two classes were built with different hulls, which would have allowed to optimize the hull form for each type. Unlike the Sovremennyy, the Udaloy class was fitted with gas turbines, which should be beneficial for the antisubmarine role thanks to the reduced underwater noise emissions. The classification of ships like these is controversial; whereas the Soviets referred to them as "large antisubmarine ships", the NATO preferred the definition "guided missile destroyer", and their considerable size render them suitable for being considered as cruisers.

Udaloy class: 12 units - Admiral Kharlamov, Admiral Levchenko, Admiral Panteleyev, Admiral Spiridonov, Admiral Tributs, Admiral Vinogradov, Admiral Zakharov, Marshal Shaposhnikov, Marshal Vasilyevsky, Severomorsk, Udaloy, Vice-Admiral Kulakov

Type: Antisubmarine destroyer

Length: 162 meters

Beam: 19.3 meters

Draught: 6.2 meters

Displacement (full load): 7900 tonnes

Propulsion: 2 x shaft, 4 x gas turbine, 120000 horsepower

Speed: 35 knots (64.8 kilometers/hour)

Range: 5000 nautical miles (12038 kilometers) at 20 knots

Complement: 300

Armament: 2 x quadruple SS-N-14 ASW launcher, 8 x SA-N-9 SAM 8-cell vertical launcher, 2 x AK-100 100-millimeter 60-caliber DP cannon, 4 x AK-630 CIWS 30-millimeter cannon, 2 x RBU-6000 ASW mortar, 2 x quadruple 533-millimeter ASW torpedo launcher, 2 x Ka-27 ASW helicopter

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