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World of Warships Supertest: Pan-Asian Superdestroyer Kunming

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Truly one of these days where I’m happy that for these articles, I don’t need to say the name of a ship out loud.

Historical background

Kunming is a Wargaming-made design of destroyer. She is based on the U.S. Somers-class of destroyers but is much larger and the turrets are dual-purpose 127 mm/38 Mk.38 twin turrets instead of the older single-purpose Mk.22.

Unlike most other superships, Kunming doesn’t have any sort of alternative firing mode or alternative torpedo armament. She is just a bigger Yueyang.

Ship’s preview

Ship’s camouflages

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.

Modules

Hull
Engine
Gun Fire Control System
Main battery
Torpedoes

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Kunming

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Propulsion: 70 000 HP

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‎Mk11 mod. 1

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127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.38 mount

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‎Mk16 mod. 1

General Characteristics

TierXI/Supership
Health20 200 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction0 %
Displacement3 566 tons
Dimensions
Overall length130.87 m
Beam12.6 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship)16.94 m
Freeboard3.13 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range13.390 km
127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.38 mount4 x 2 127 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range13.500 km
533 mm Mk143 x 5 533 mm
Maximum speed38.0 knots
Turning Circle Radius700 m
Rudder Shift Time4.4 s
Surface Detectability7.81 km
Air Detectability3.9 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke3.03 km

Main Armament

4 x 2 127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.38 mount
 Maximum Firing Range13.390 km
 Reloading Time5.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 s
Optimal firing angles at the front33°
Optimal firing angles at the rear33°
Sigma2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion115 m
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 127 mm HE Mk32
Alpha Damage1 800
Penetration capacity 21 mm
Explosion size5.7 m
Fire chance5 %
Projectile Speed792 m/s
Air Drag0.347
Projectile Mass24.5 kg
Type of ProjectileAP – 127 mm AP/SC Mk38
Alpha Damage2 100
Projectile Speed792 m/s
Air Drag0.347
Projectile Mass25.0 kg
Projectile Krupp2 598
Projectile Detonator0.01 s
Detonator threshold21 mm
Ricochet Angles45° – 60°

Torpedo Armament

3 x 5 533 mm Mk14
Mark 17*

Can only hit cruisers, battleships, and aircraft carriers
Reloading Time139 s
Maximum Distance13.500 km
Optimal firing angles at the front64°
Optimal firing angles at the rear67°
Damage18 800
Flooding Chance389%
Speed69 knots
Surface Detectability0.8 km

Anti-air Armament

4 x 2 127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.38 mount
Sector firing range0.1 km – 5.8 km
Hit chance100 %
Sector’s damage22
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second77
Flak clouds number4
Flak cloud damage1 680
2 x 2 76.2 mm/50 Mk.22 on a Mk.33 mount
2 x 1 76.2 mm/50 Mk.22 on a Mk.34 mount
Sector firing range0.1 km – 4.0 km
Hit chance100 %
Sector’s damage43
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second151
10 x 2 20 mm Oerlikon on a Mk.24 mount
Sector firing range0.1 km – 2.0 km
Hit chance95 %
Sector’s damage39
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second137

Consumables

Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Slot 4
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 5 s
Cooldown: 40 s
Smoke Generator

Number of charges: 5
Work time: 30 s
Cooldown: 100 s
Smoke radius: 450 m
Smoke duration: 70 s
Engine Boost
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 120 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Speed bonus: +8%
Torpedo Reload Booster

Number of charges: 2
Work time: 1 s
Cooldown: 300 s
Torpedo reload time: 8 s
Surveillance Radar
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 25 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Ship spotting range: 7.5 km

The Armor

Personal Opinion

Well… Kunming isn’t particularly appealing right now. While, compared to Yueyang, she gets a significant increase to her torpedo power as well as a slight increase to her firepower with an increase of her DPM by 6%. The problem is that, when considering the current competition, it isn’t really that much.
It’s especially true when considering the price to pay. Namely, the ship is much, much bigger than Yueyang and as such, she is an easier target. This is quite problematic considering that there are now three superdestroyers with an alternative firing mode that allows them to unleash big bursts of damage.
Her concealment also takes a severe hit and now there is Dalarna which outspots her and also massively outguns her.

So yeah… not starting well.

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