Soviet Cold War Guided Missile Cruisers

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A fully illustrated study of the Soviet Navy's biggest and most powerful surface combatants of the Cold War.

Heavily armed and formidable, guided missile cruisers formed the core of the Soviet Navy during the Cold War. From the last class of conventional Sverdlov-class cruisers through to increasingly complex and formidable missile cruisers, these ships ensured that NATO took the Soviet naval threat seriously.

Soviet Cold War Guided Missile Cruisers covers all classes of these impressive warships, from the early Sverdlov through the Kynda, Kresta, Kara and Slava to the enormous Kirov classes. Together, these vessels marked the apogee of Soviet naval technology and capability and they remain today the largest non-aircraft carrier warships built since 1945.

Containing material previously only available in Russian and fully researched from specialist defence journals, this comprehensive volume examines the design, development, and intended role of these impressive, hi-tech warships, and recounts their dramatic operational history as NATO and Soviet warships faced off against each other during the long Cold War at sea.

Table of Contents

Strategic and operational context
Sverdlov class (Project 68bis, Project 70E)
Grosnyy class ('Kynda'/Project 58)
Admiral Zozulya class ('Kresta I'/Project 1134)
Kronstadt class ('Kresta II'/Project 1134A)
Nikolayev class ('Kara'/Project 1134B)
Slava class (Project 1164) /Kirov class (Project 1144)
Operational service: tactics and confrontations

Product details

Published Jan 26 2017
Format Ebook (Epub)
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781472817426
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 40 b/w; 7 col
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 242
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Edward Hampshire

Edward Hampshire is a historian at the Naval Histo…


Paul Wright

Paul Wright has painted ships of all kinds for mos…


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