Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Seen at Kronstadt: The Project 956 Sovremenny-class destroyer Bespokiony

Twenty-one Project 956 Sovremenny-class destroyers were built between 1976 and 2004, and they were primarily tasked to conduct anti-ship warfare. They were also equipped to act as escorts, and were well-armed with numerous anti-aircraft and anti-submarine weapons.

The majority of the class has been retired from active service, and Bespokiony is now a museum ship at Kronstadt.

The class characteristics are:
  • Displacement: 8,480 tons
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 156m
    • Beam: 17.3m
    • Draught: 6.5m
  • Propulsion: 4 boilers, 2 shaft steam turbines, each driving a propeller; 2 turbo generators; 2 diesel generators
  • Speed: 32.7 knots
  • Range: 3,920 nautical miles at 18 knots; 1,345 nautical miles at 33 knots
  • Complement: 350
  • Sensors: 1 x air target acquisition radar, 3 x navigation radars; fire-control radars; active and passive under-keel sonar
  • Armament: 4 AK-130 130mm naval guns (2 x 2); 4 x 6 30mm AK-630 Close In Weapons Systems; 8 x SS-N-22 Sunburn anti-ship missiles (2 x 4); 48 x SA-N-7 Gadfly surface-to-air missiles (2 x 24); 4 x 533mm anti-submarine torpedo tubes (2 x 2); 2 x 6 RBU-1000 300mm anti-submarine rocket launchers
  • Aviation: Helipad capable of handling 1 x Ka-27 helicopter


  1. can't fool us.. you're on holiday.... :o)

    1. Steve-the-Wargamer,

      Well I was ... but I’m back now!

      All the best,


  2. Thanks for this Bob. Actually I've been looking for (1) inspiration and (2) a painting guide to finish my 1980s Naval forces for years. This is perfect.

    ...and she's much smaller than I imagined...

    1. Duc de Gobin,

      I’m pleased to have been of help.

      This class seem to have very crowded decks when compared to RN or USN ships.

      All the best,



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