The Poltava is based on the project 64 of battleships from the Soviet Navy. The ships were designed to operate in the Black and Baltic seas but the project was abandoned in favor of more heavily protected battleships of the project A.
While the Poltava, as of now, is quite disappointing, she at least has a nice looking camouflage. That’s… something.
While the Lenin’s low HP pool is well compensated by her amazing armor… it’s not really the case for the Poltava.
The bow section
The Poltava presents the same enormous bow as the Vladivostok. It is 32 mm thick except for an extended belt of 200 mm.
Inside Poltava’s bow, there is an armored deck. It is for the biggest part 75 mm thick and just in front of the first turret, it is 255 mm thick.
For the upper casemate protecting the middle section, it is 25 mm thick at first and then 200 mm thick.
The citadel’s athwartship is for the upper part 250 mm thick and for the lower part 38 mm thick. It is quite weak for a battleship but with the extended belt and armored deck, it doesn’t really matter since it cannot be reached.
The middle section
Even for the middle section, the tankiness of the Poltava is disappointing. The upper deck is 32 mm thick meaning that it gives little protection against HE shells. The lower deck is 40 mm thick but it represents such a small portion of the exposed plating that overall, it doesn’t help much.
For the side armor, it’s 32 mm thick, at the top. You then have an upper belt of 200 mm followed by the main belt which corresponds to the citadel with 370 mm of armor and a thinner portion of 290 mm. It is decent but avoid giving broadside with this ship.
Finally, the 38 mm thick torpedo bulge protects the underwater part of the citadel that is 30 mm thick and deep inside the ship.
Under the 32 and 40 mm deck, there is the citadel deck with 180 mm of armor under the turrets and 150 mm above the engines. Overall, it’s decent protection for the part under the turrets and it might limit the number of citadels from AP bombs.
The stern is as usual similar to the bow. 32 mm plating for the major part and a 200 mm extended belt even though here, it doesn’t go to the tip of the stern.
The armored deck is split into 3 sections. From the middle of the ship towards the tip of the stern, the armor thickness is first 255 mm then 75 mm and finally 150 mm over the steering gears.
For the protection of the middle section, the upper casemate is 200 mm thick. The citadel’s athwartship is just like at the front 250 mm thick for the upper part and 38 mm thick for the lower part. Considering the armored deck and the extended belt, don’t bother with it. As long as you stay angled, you will be relatively fine against AP.
As if the tanking capacity of the Poltava wasn’t limited enough, she also has a big superstructure that goes farther than the back turret so that even destroyers have plenty of things to penetrate with their HE shells. It is, as usual, 19 mm thick.
The face, as well as the back of the turrets, are 425 mm thick. Considering how flat the face is, we can expect a lot of incapacitations (as if it wasn’t already bad enough). The sides and the roof are 240 mm thick. For the barbette, it’s 400 mm thick for the upper part and 325 mm thick at the bottom.
I just don’t see the point of this ship, it has literally only one thing going for it and it’s the concealment with 10.95 km spotting range by sea. The range is horrendous, the firepower as well except for pure HE spam because she does have strong HE shells. The agililty is also terrible with the huge turning radius and the combination of very low health pool and decent-ish armor will limit her tanking capacity.
I seriously do not get what is the point of this ship and wonder if Wargaming didn’t get the tier wrong and she is actually meant to be a tier VII ship.