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Supertest: Soviet Tier VI Aircraft Carrier Serov

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Historical background

The Serov is based on the Project 71 of light carrier for the Soviet Navy. This project from 1939, pushed by Nikolai Kuznetsov, was part of the Five-Year Plan to expand the Soviet Navy. However, as Stalin was more interested in having big battleships, carriers were off the table for him. This did not stop Kuznetsov who kept giving instructions to the naval engineers for the Project 71.
It was planned to use the unfinished hulls of Chapayev-class light cruisers (Project 68) and the project was eventually approved.

In total, 6 ships were planned and the first would have been laid down in 1942. However, as operation Barbarossa started, the project was canceled.

The Project 71 carriers were meant to carry a bit more than 30 planes that would have been able to take off normally from the deck or with the assistance of catapults if needed.

In World of Warships, we are getting a fairly accurate representation of this design. It is with Serov that we start seeing skip bombers while the Komsomolets still had standard dive bombers.

Ship’s preview

Camouflage

For the classic reminder, this is a ship in testing, anything can change so don’t look at her like she would already be released.

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Modules

Hull
Attack Aircraft
Skip Bombers
Torpedo Bombers
Propulsion
icon_module_Hull_installedSerov
(A)

Polikarpov I-153

Polikarpov R-5

Polikarpov R-5T
icon_module_Engine_installedPropulsion: 124 600 hp
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(B)

‎Polikarpov I-180

‎Kochyerigin BSh-1

Grokhovsky G-37

Stock ship

General Characteristics

TierVI
Health38 600 HP
Torpedo damage reduction7 %
Displacement10 800 tons
Dimensions
Overall length213.26 m
Beam28.0 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship)29.0 m
Freeboard10.0 m
Aircraft on deck
Attack Aircrafts12
Skip Bombers12
Torpedo Bombers12
Secondary Armament
85 mm/52 Model 1939 on a 92-K mount8 x 2 85 mm
Maximum Firing Range5.000 km
Anti-Air Armament
85 mm/52 Model 1939 on a 92-K mount
37 mm V-11 mount
8 x 2 85 mm
4 x 2 37 mm
12.7 mm DShK on a turret mount3 x 1 12.7 mm
Maximum speed35.5 knots
Turning Circle Radius880 m
Rudder Shift Time13.3 s
Surface Detectability12.32 km
Air Detectability8.21 km
Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Damage Control Party
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 90 s
Fighter
Number of charges: 4
Work time: 600 s
Cooldown: 40 s
Patrol Radius: 3.0 km
Planes in a squadron: 4

Attack Aircrafts

Attack Aircrafts – ‎Polikarpov I-153

TierV
Hit points per plane830
Cruise speed136 knots
Maximum speed176 knots
Engine boost time5 s
Engine boost reload time10 s
Size of attacking flight6
Aircraft per squadron6
Rocket typeHE RS-132
Rocket per plane2
Machine gun sequence2.4 s
Maximum rocket damage2 150
HE penetration capacity26 mm
Explosion size0.35
Fire chance8 %
Detectability range10.0 km
Aircraft restoration time48 s
Aircraft on deck12
Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Engine Cooling
consumable_PCY034_ForsageBooster
Number of Charges: 2
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Patrol fighter
Number of Charges: 3
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 10 s
Aircraft per squadron: 3
Patrol radius: 2.5 km

Skip Bombers

Skip bomber – ‎Polikarpov R-5

TierV
Hitpoints per plane1 140
Cruise speed99 knots
Maximum speed134 knots
Engine boost time20 s
Engine boost reload time40 s
Size of attacking flight6
Aircraft per squadron6
Bomb typeFAB-100
Bomb per plane1
Maximum bomb damage6 100
HE penetration capacity32 mm
Explosion size0.98
Fire chance35 %
Number of skips2
Detectability range10.0 km
Aircraft restoration time56 s
Aircraft on deck12
Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Engine Cooling
consumable_PCY034_ForsageBooster
Number of Charges: 2
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Patrol fighter
Number of Charges: 3
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 10 s
Aircraft per squadron: 3
Patrol radius: 2.5 km

Torpedo Bombers

Torpedo bomber – Polikarpov R-5T

TierV
Hit points per plane1 280
Cruise speed99 knots
Maximum speed134 knots
Engine boost time20 s
Engine boost reload time40 s
Size of attacking flight6
Aircraft per squadron6
Torpedo typeTAN-12
Torpedoes per plane1
Maximum torpedo damage3 833
Maximum torpedo range6.0 km
Torpedo speed41 knots
Torpedo arming time6 s
Flooding chance33%
Detectability range10.0 km
Aircraft restoration time57 s
Aircraft on deck12
Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Engine Cooling
consumable_PCY034_ForsageBooster
Number of Charges: 2
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Patrol fighter
Number of Charges: 3
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 10 s
Aircraft per squadron: 3
Patrol radius: 2.5 km

Secondary Armament

8 x 2 85 mm/52 Model 1939 on a 92-K mount
Maximum Firing Range5.000 km
Reloading Time4.0 s
Sigma1.00 sigma
Shells
Type of ProjectileHE – 85 mm HE O-365M
Alpha Damage1 200 HP
Damage210 HP
HE penetration14 mm
Explosion Size0.22
Chance to Cause Fire4 %
Projectile Speed792 m/s
Air Drag0.314
Projectile Mass9.24 kg

Anti-air Armament

8 x 2 85 mm/52 Model 1939 on a 92-K mount
4 x 2 37 mm V-11 mount
Sector range0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance100 %
Sector’s damage42
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second147
20 x 1 12.7 mm DShK on a turret mount
Sector range0.1 km – 1.5 km
Hit chance95 %
Sector’s damage54
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second189

Fully upgraded ship

General Characteristics

TierVI
Health39 500 HP
Torpedo damage reduction7 %
Displacement13 500 tons
Dimensions
Overall length213.26 m
Beam28.0 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship)29.0 m
Freeboard10.0 m
Aircraft on deck
Attack Aircrafts12
Skip Bombers12
Torpedo Bombers12
Secondary Armament
100 mm/56 on a B-54 mount8 x 2 100 mm
Maximum Firing Range5.000 km
Anti-Air Armament
100 mm/56 on a B-54 mount8 x 2 100 mm
37 mm 46-K mount4 x 4 37 mm
12.7 mm DShK on a DShKM-2B mount20 x 2 12.7 mm
Maximum speed35.5 knots
Turning Circle Radius880 m
Rudder Shift Time9.5 s
Surface Detectability12.32 km
Air Detectability8.21 km
Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Damage Control Party
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 90 s
Fighter
Number of charges: 4
Work time: 600 s
Cooldown: 40 s
Patrol Radius: 3.0 km
Planes in a squadron: 4

Attack Aircrafts

Attack Aircrafts – ‎Polikarpov I-180

TierVI
Hit points per plane830
Cruise speed149 knots
Maximum speed189 knots
Engine boost time5 s
Engine boost reload time10 s
Size of attacking flight6
Aircraft per squadron6
Rocket typeHE RS-132M
Rocket per plane4
Machine gun sequence2.44 s
Maximum rocket damage2 150
HE penetration capacity26 mm
Explosion size0.35
Fire chance8 %
Detectability range10.0 km
Aircraft restoration time58 s
Aircraft on deck12
Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Engine Cooling
consumable_PCY034_ForsageBooster
Number of Charges: 2
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Patrol fighter
Number of Charges: 3
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 10 s
Aircraft per squadron: 3
Patrol radius: 2.5 km

Skip Bombers

Skip bomber – ‎Kochyerigin BSh-1

TierVI
Hitpoints per plane1 190
Cruise speed112 knots
Maximum speed147 knots
Engine boost time20 s
Engine boost reload time40 s
Size of attacking flight6
Aircraft per squadron6
Bomb typeFAB-100
Bomb per plane1
Maximum bomb damage6 100
HE penetration capacity32 mm
Explosion size0.98
Fire chance35 %
Number of skips2
Detectability range10.0 km
Aircraft restoration time67 s
Aircraft on deck12
Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Engine Cooling
consumable_PCY034_ForsageBooster
Number of Charges: 2
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Patrol fighter
Number of Charges: 3
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 10 s
Aircraft per squadron: 3
Patrol radius: 2.5 km

Torpedo Bombers

Torpedo bomber – Grokhovsky G-37

TierVI
Hit points per plane1 340
Cruise speed108 knots
Maximum speed143 knots
Engine boost time20 s
Engine boost reload time40 s
Size of attacking flight6
Aircraft per squadron6
Torpedo typeTAN-12
Torpedoes per plane1
Maximum torpedo damage3 833
Maximum torpedo range6.0 km
Torpedo speed41 knots
Torpedo arming time6 s
Flooding chance33%
Detectability range10.0 km
Aircraft restoration time68 s
Aircraft on deck12
Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Engine Cooling
consumable_PCY034_ForsageBooster
Number of Charges: 2
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Patrol fighter
Number of Charges: 3
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 10 s
Aircraft per squadron: 3
Patrol radius: 2.5 km

Secondary Armament

8 x 2 100 mm/56 on a B-54 mount
Maximum Firing Range5.000 km
Reloading Time3.75 s
Sigma1.00 sigma
Shells
Type of ProjectileHE – HE-56
Alpha Damage1 400 HP
Damage310 HP
HE penetration17 mm
Explosion Size0.29
Chance to Cause Fire6 %
Projectile Speed895 m/s
Air Drag0.286
Projectile Mass15.8 kg

Anti-air Armament

8 x 2 100 mm/56 on a B-54 mount
Sector range0.1 km – 5.8 km
Hit chance100 %
Sector’s damage30
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second105
Flak clouds number4
Flak cloud damage1 120
4 x 4 37 mm 46-K mount
Sector range0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance100 %
Sector’s damage26
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second91
20 x 1 20 mm Oerlikon on a Mk.4 mount
Sector range0.1 km – 2.0 km
Hit chance95 %
Sector’s damage66
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second231

The Armor

External armor protection

Citadel armor protection

Personal Opinion

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeh…

One thing for sure, you really don’t want to go for tier VIII ships with these planes. With the combined low HP pool and low speed, they would just melt like butter. Also, the ship bombs being only able to penetrate 32 mm platings will have a fairly limited impact against battleships since, at this tier, a lot of them have thick casemate plating.
The torpedoes on the other hand will be fine against battleships but anything smaller will be a pain to drop due to the long arming distance.

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