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|Operators:|| Soviet Navy
|Succeeded by:||Kresta II|
|Displacement:||6,000 tons standard, 7,500 tons full load|
|Propulsion:||2 steam turbines
|Range:||10,500 nm at 14 kt|
|Armament:||2 twin SS-N-3 Shaddock anti ship missiles
2 twin SA-N-1 Goa surface to air missile launchers (44 missiles)
2 twin 57-mm/70-cal AK-725 anti-aircraft guns
2 quintuple 533mm torpedo tubes
|Aircraft carried:||1 Kamov Ka-25 'Hormone-B'|
|Aviation facilities:||Helicopter deck and hangar|
These ships were designed for a surface warfare role. Soviet priorities were changed to an anti-submarine role and only 4 ships were built with this configuration. These ships were followed by the Kresta II class cruiser, an anti-submarine derivative.
Though considerably larger, more effective and reliable than the previous Soviet cruiser class, Kynda, the Kresta I surface warfare cruisers carried only half as many Shaddock launch tubes and one-fourth the total number of missiles. Initially it was planned to fit the SS-N-12 Sandbox ( P-500 Bazalt) missile but the protracted development of this missile led to the older SS-N-3 being shipped. The self-defence armament was considerably increased as were command and communications facilities.
The Kresta I could launch four SS-N-3b SLCMs and 44 SA-N-1 surface-to-air missiles with two twin launchers fore and aft, and have ten 21-inch torpedo tubes. A single Ka-25 Hormone B helicopter is carried for targeting the cruise missile, and mid-course corrections.
Electronics Fit carried :
Two unbuilt variants were proposed;
The initial plan was for a single squadron of seven ships armed with long range missiles and two squadrons of fourteen ships armed with shorter range missiles. In reality only four ships were built before production switched to the anti-submarine variant the Kresta 2 class
|Admiral Zozulya Адмирал Зозуля||1964||1965||1967||1994|
|Vize-Admiral Drozd Вице-Адмирал Дрозд||1965||1966||1968||Sank 1992 on way to breakers|
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