Slava-class cruiser

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Slava c.1986
Class overview
Name: Slava class
Builders: 61 Kommunara
Preceded by: Kara class
Succeeded by: none
Building: 0
Planned: 10[1]
Completed: 3
Cancelled: 6
Active: 3
Laid up: 1 (construction incomplete)
General characteristics
Type: Guided missile cruiser
  • 9,800-10,000 tons standard
  • 11,200-12,500 tons full load
Length: 186.4 m (611 ft 7 in)
Beam: 20.8 m (68 ft 3 in)
Draught: 8.4 m (27 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: COGOG: 2 M70 cruise gas turbines, 2 cruise steam turbines, 2 exhaust gas boilers, 4 x M8KF Gas turbines, 2 Shafts, 130,000 shp (97,000 kW)
Speed: 32 kn (59 km/h; 37 mph)
Range: 7,500 mi (12,100 km) at 18 kn (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Complement: 485 (66 Off, 419 WO/Enl),[1] alternate information 476-529 (84 Off, 75 WO, 370 Enl)[2]
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Radar: MR-800 Voshkod/Top Pair 3-D long range air search, MR-700 Fregat/Top Steer (first two) or MR-710 Fregat-MA/Top Plate (second two) 3-D air search
  • Sonar: MG-332 Tigan-2T/Bull Nose hull mounted LF, Platina/Horse Tail MF VDS
  • Fire Control: Volna/Top Dome SA-N-6 SAM control, MPZ-301 Baza/Pop Group SA-N-4 SAM control, Argument/Front Door-C SSM control
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Kol'cho suite with Gurzhor-A&B/Side Globe intercept, MR-404/Rum Tub jammers, Bell Crown intercept, Bell Push intercept 2 PK-2 decoy RL, 12 PK-10 decoy RL (in last two units only)
Armor: Splinter plating
Aircraft carried: 1 Kamov Ka-25 or Kamov Ka-27 Helicopter

The Slava-class cruiser (Soviet designation Project 1164 Atlant) is a type of large, conventionally powered warship, designed and constructed for the Soviet Navy and currently operated by the Russian Navy.


File:SS-N-12 Sandbox surface-to-surface missiles.JPEG
Placement of P-500 Bazalt (SS-N-12 Sandbox) launchers on the Slava class.
Close up view of SA-N-6 launchers on Marshal Ustinov.

The design started in the late 1960s, based around use of the P-500 Bazalt missile, and was intended as a less expensive conventionally powered alternative to the nuclear-powered Kirov-class battlecruisers. Moskva is armed with P-1000 Vulkan AShM missiles, developed in the late 1970s to late 1980's. Although the missiles are an older variant, they are still considered[by whom?] better than any AShM missile in the world with exception of the Russian P700/800s. It is not known which Slava-class cruisers carry P-1000s other than Moskva. There was a long delay in this programme, while the problems with the Bazalt were resolved. These ships acted as flagships for numerous task forces. All ships were built at the 61 Kommunar yard, in Mykolaiv (Nikolaev), Ukrainian SSR. The class was a follow up to the Kara-class cruiser which the Soviet Navy typed as a Large Anti-submarine Ship (Russ. BPK), constructed at the same shipyard and appears to be built on a stretched version of the Kara-class hull.[3]

The Slava class was initially designated BLACKCOM 1 (Black Sea Combatant 1) and then designated the Krasina class for a short period until Slava was observed at sea. The SS-N-12 launchers are fixed facing forward at around 8° elevation with no reloads available. As there was nothing revolutionary about the design of the class western observers felt they were created as a hedge against the failure of the more radical Kirov class.[4] The helicopter hangar deck is located 1/2 deck below the landing pad with a ramp connecting the two.[5]

Originally 10 ships were planned, but with the collapse of the Soviet Union only three were completed. A fourth vessel was launched, but final construction remains incomplete and the ship has not been commissioned into service.

Following the collapse and the re-emergence of the nation of Russia, the three finished ships serve in the Russian Navy and the uncompleted fourth vessel, renamed Ukrayina, is owned by Ukraine. Efforts have been made to complete and update the unfinished ship; in 2010, Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych stated that Russia and Ukraine would work together on the project. Russia has also expressed interest in purchasing the vessel, which Ukraine had previously offered for sale. However, as of early 2011 no final agreement has been concluded between the two countries, on this matter.[6] The Russian navy has plans for extensive upgrades of all their Slava-class vessels during the 2010s; completing work on Ukrayina may serve as a test-bed for this.


Original Ship Name Renamed Commissioned Service Status
Slava ("Glory") Moskva Москва ("Moscow") Laid down 1976, launched 1979, commissioned 1982, renamed in 1995. In service with the Black Sea Fleet. Overhauled from 1991 to 1998.[1] Was involved in the 2008 South Ossetia war. 3.Dec 2009 was laid up at floating dock PD-30 for scheduled interim overhaul. Back in service in 2010 with exercises scheduled in the Indian Ocean.[7] Involved in Russia's Vostok 2010 military drills in the Sea of Okhotsk in July 2010.[8] Sent to Syria in 2013.[9][10]
Admiral Flota Lobov ("Admiral of the Fleet Lobov") Marshal Ustinov Маршал Устинов (named after Dmitriy Ustinov) Laid down 1978, launched in 1982, commissioned in 1986. In service with the Russian Navy, Northern Fleet Undergoing overhaul. Will begin testing and re-enter in late 2015.[11][12]
Chervona Ukrayina, ("Red Ukraine") Varyag Варяг ("Varangian") laid down 1979, launched 1983, commissioned 1989. In service with the Russian Pacific Fleet. Listed as under reduced manning since 2002. Operating with a caretaker crew at reduced readiness since arrival with Russian Pacific Fleet in 1990. Re-entered service in the Pacific Fleet in early 2008 after an overhaul.[3]
Komsomolets, then Admiral Flota Lobov Ukrayina ("Ukraine") Laid down 1983, Launched 1990 Was never finished because of budget problems and was later passed to Ukraine. Moored unfinished in Mykolaiv, Ukraine. In May 2010 Russia reportedly agreed to help complete the cruiser.[13]
Oktyabrskaya Revolutsiya ("October Revolution")[1] Laid down 1988 Cancelled and disassembled on the way in 1990
Admiral Flota Sovetskovo Soyuza Gorshkov ("Fleet Admiral of the Soviet Union Gorshkov")[1] Laid down, planned for 1990 Cancelled in 1990
Varyag[1] Cancelled in 1990

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Ударные корабли, Том 11, часть 1, Ю.В. Апалков, Галея Принт, Санкт-Петербург, 2003
  2. "Project 1164 Atlant Krasina/Slava class Guided Missile Cruiser - Specifications". 11 July 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Project 1164 Atlant Krasina/Slava class Guided Missile Cruiser". Retrieved 6 October 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Miller, David; Miller, Chris (c. 1986). Modern Naval Combat. London ; New York: Salamander Books. p. 150. ISBN 0-86101-231-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Cullen, Tony (1988). Encyclopedia Of World Sea Power. Crescent. p. 86. ISBN 0-517-65342-7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Gorenburg, Dmitry (24 August 2010). "The Future of the Russian Navy Part 1: Large Combat Ships « Russian Military Reform". Retrieved 28 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Russia sends additional missile cruiser to Indian Ocean | Defense | RIA Novosti". 9 April 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Russia's Medvedev oversees naval phase of Vostok-2010 military drills | Russia | RIA Novosti". 4 July 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Moskva "The Russian Navy still relies on the Cold War-era Moskva guided missile cruiser as of September 2013" Check |url= value (help). Military Factory. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Russia sends missile cruiser to Mediterranean". Toronto Star. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov moves to Pacific Fleet". 24 March 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Refitted Slava class guided missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov to rejoin Russian Fleet in 2015". 16 December 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Russia to help Ukraine finish construction of missile cruiser | Defense | RIA Novosti". 17 May 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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External images
Diagram of Moskva