Soooo… did anyone order Russian food? Wargaming freshly delivered some juicy Russian cruisers so it’s time to have a look at them!
Just to clarify something, I will first take care of the light cruisers and will wait a bit before covering the heavy cruisers. The reason is simple, right now, these are a bit of a mess and nobody knows exactly what kind of dispersion formula they are supposed to follow. Also, I will include the changes regarding HE shells and plating on cruisers since they are supposed to arrive with the next patch.
Now, let’s first have a look at the Premium tier VIII light cruiser Ochakov.
The Ochakov is based on a variant from the series of small light cruiser designs that the Soviet Navy worked on during the 1950s. These ships were meant to provide AA cover for the larger ships like the Stalingrad-class or the Project 24 battleships (what we know as Kremlin).
While the Smolensk is the MLK-16×130 so 16 130 mm guns, the Ochakov is the MLK-8×152 so 8 152 mm guns.
In World of Warships, outside of the hull characteristics, the Ochakov is, for now, closer to a pocket-Chapayev than to a tier VIII Smolensk.
Since the Ochakov has the same hull as the Smolensk, she has a similar armor protection. The biggest exception is that the bow and stern are 25 mm thick since Ochakov has 152 mm guns.
The bow section
As I said, since it’s a 152 mm guns cruiser, she has a 25 mm bow, so no possibility to bounce at least 380 mm AP shells but 234 to 310 mm AP shells from cruisers will not overmatch it like on Smolensk.
Surprisingly enough, the upper bulkhead and the citadel athwartship have the same armor protection with 100 mm of armor. That basically means that even if you don’t hit the citadel athwartship when shooting through the bow with a battleship, there is very little chance to get overpenetrations because the shells are basically guaranteed to arm on this plating.
For the lower underwater part of the citadel athwartship, it’s 16 mm thick.
The middle section
Following the armor plating change on cruisers, the side armor of the Ochakov is 25 mm thick while her deck is 27 mm thick. This means that she is able to bounce AP shells up to a caliber of 381 mm.
For the main belt, it’s the same as on Smolensk with 70 mm of armor.
The citadel deck is only 50 mm thick so any sort of AP bombs will just go through it like butter.
The stern section
The stern is 25 mm thick just like the bow.
The internal protection is the same as the one at the front. The bulkhead and the upper part of the citadel’s athwartship are 100 mm thick and the lower part is 16 mm thick.
The superstructure is 13 mm thick except for the conning tower that is 100 mm thick.
Funnily enough, the Ochakov has less protected turrets than Smolensk. The face is 100 mm thick and sloped at 20° and everything else is only 50 mm thick.
These are quite vulnerable turrets.
For now, the ship is certainly not the tier VIII Smolensk people were scared about when it was first announced.
The hull is, of course, the same, but she is much more vulnerable because of the lack of 30 mm platings, Smoke Generator and Repair Party. The main battery is also way less dangerous since it’s only 8 152 mm guns instead of the 16 130 mm guns that were able to make fire rain on your ship.
There is only one big issue with this ship right now and it’s her concealment. If it stays the same, when using a camouflage and both Concealment Expert and Concealment System Modification 1, the ship gets a surface spotting range of 9.05 km. 9.05 km spotting range with a 12 km radar so basically when a destroyer spots this ship, he is almost 3 km deep in its radar range.