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Supertest: Soviet Tier VIII Premium Aircraft Carrier Chkalov

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Historical background

The Chkalov is based on the Project 71B from 1937. The project 71B was a 22 000 tons fleet carrier project.

In World of Warships, Chkalov has a very unique design (like basically all premium CVs). She carries Torpedo Bombers, Skip Bombers AND Dive Bombers. She is also very similar to Saipan since her planes have the same stats as the upgraded planes of the Admiral Nakhimov. In fact, she also has the tier X fighter consumable. In return, her reserves are low which will force you to be careful with your engagements.

Ship’s preview

Ship’s commemorative flag

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
Dive Bombers
Skip Bombers
Torpedo Bombers
Propulsion
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Sukhoi Su-2

Sukhoi Su-2

‎Polikarpov VIT-2 (VK-107)
icon_module_Engine_installedPropulsion: 154 000 hp

Ship and stock planes

General Characteristics

Tier VIII
Health 51 700 HP
Torpedo damage reduction 25 %
Displacement 30 600 tons
Dimensions
Overall length 251.69 m
Beam 37.0 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship) 30.0 m
Freeboard 14.0 m
Aircraft on deck
Dive Bombers 9
Skip Bombers 9
Torpedo Bombers 9
Secondary Armament
130 mm/55 on a B-2-U mount 8 x 2 130 mm
Maximum Firing Range 6.600 km
Anti-Air Armament
130 mm/55 on a B-2-U mount 6 x 4 130 mm
37 mm V-11 mount
37 mm 46-K mount
16 x 2 37 mm
8 x 4 37 mm
Maximum speed 32.3 knots
Turning Circle Radius 1 160 m
Rudder Shift Time 13.2 s
Surface Detectability 13.56 km
Air Detectability 11.74 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

Dive Bombers

 

Dive bomber – ‎Sukhoi Su-2

Tier VIII
Hitpoints per plane 1 310
Cruise speed 125 knots
Maximum speed 162 knots
JATO speed boost +50%
JATO duration 10 s
Engine boost time 20 s
Engine boost reload time 40 s
Size of attacking flight 6
Aircraft per squadron 6
Bomb type FAB-500
Bomb per plane 1
Maximum bomb damage 8 700
HE penetration capacity 54 mm
Explosion size 1.9
Fire chance 49 %
Detectability range 10.0 km
Aircraft restoration time 89 s
Aircraft on deck 9
Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Engine Cooling
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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: 7
Patrol radius: 3.5 km
Repair
Number of Charges: 3
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 180 s
Repair speed: 10% HP/s

Skip Bombers

 

Skip bomber – ‎Sukhoi Su-2

Tier VIII
Hitpoints per plane 1 310
Cruise speed 125 knots
Maximum speed 162 knots
JATO speed boost +50%
JATO duration 10 s
Engine boost time 20 s
Engine boost reload time 40 s
Size of attacking flight 6
Aircraft per squadron 6
Bomb type FAB-500
Bomb per plane 1
Maximum bomb damage 8 700
HE penetration capacity 54 mm
Explosion size 1.9
Fire chance 49 %
Number of skips 3
Detectability range 10.0 km
Aircraft restoration time 89 s
Aircraft on deck 9
Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
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: 7
Patrol radius: 3.5 km
Repair
Number of Charges: 3
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 180 s
Repair speed: 10% HP/s

Torpedo Bombers

Torpedo bomber – Polikarpov VIT-2 (VK-107)

Tier VIII
Hitpoints per plane 1 410
Cruise speed 122 knots
Maximum speed 160 knots
JATO speed boost +50%
JATO duration 10 s
Engine boost time 20 s
Engine boost reload time 40 s
Size of attacking flight 6
Aircraft per squadron 6
Torpedo type 45-36AN-B
Torpedoes per plane 1
Maximum torpedo damage 5 200
Maximum torpedo range 6.0 km
Torpedo speed 41 knots
Torpedo arming time 7.5 s
Flooding chance 45%
Detectability range 10.0 km
Aircraft restoration time 89 s
Aircraft on deck 9
Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
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: 7
Patrol radius: 3.5 km
Repair
Number of Charges: 3
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 180 s
Repair speed: 10% HP/s

Secondary Armament

8 x 2 130 mm/55 on a B-2-U mount
Maximum Firing Range 6.600 km
Reloading Time 5.0 s
Sigma 1.00 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – HE-46
Alpha Damage 1 900 HP
Damage 570 HP
HE penetration 22 mm
Explosion Size 0.45
Chance to Cause Fire 8 %
Projectile Speed 900 m/s
Air Drag 0.255
Projectile Mass 33.4 kg

Anti-air Armament

8 x 2 130 mm/58 on a BL-132 mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 6.0 km
Hit chance 100 %
Sector’s damage 33
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 116
Flak clouds number 5
Flak cloud damage 1 470
16 x 2 37 mm V-11 mount
8 x 4 37 mm 46-K mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance 100 %
Sector’s damage 119
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 417

The Armor

External armor protection

Citadel armor protection

Personal Opinion

Well… Saipan with her “low reserves but stronger planes” aged like milk (but sadly can’t cheese people for crap) so I’m a bit concerned with Chkalov, especially with her low HP planes.

However, Chkalov has a repair consumable on all squadrons and she packs a mighty punch so… we might be up for a surprise.

On a side note, can we talk about her having pretty much better fighters than Enterprise while Enty was meant to have “the strongest fighters” (for what it’s worth) at tier VIII?

Easter Egg

Inside the command bridge of the Chkalov, you can find a model of the Tupolev ANT-25, a Soviet long-range experimental aircraft from 1933. You can also see a map of the North pole with what seems to be the trajectory of one of the flights over the North pole done with the Tupolev ANT-25. It could be the flight done by Valery Chkalov.

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2 thoughts on “Supertest: Soviet Tier VIII Premium Aircraft Carrier Chkalov

  1. was kinda hoping for a prem CV with IL-10 surface attack planes with rockets and functional 45mm wingmounted cannons :-p

  2. The planes of the Premium Tier VIII have the same stats (and sometime better ones) of the tier X ones. The torpedos are even better as they have a max alfa of 5200 vs 4900 of the tier X ones.
    PS why to buy another premium if tomorrow WG can decide to “fix” it and NERF all bomb / torps value?
    Anyway thanks to you guys for posting!

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