16 The True Defender

The True Defender

Posted on February 24, 2012 by


This 156-meter long monster is a true Motherland’s defender. The guided missile destroyer Bespokoiny is powered with a total of eight Moskit 3M80E missiles, two Shtil surface-to-air missile systems, 130-mm artillery complex and so on.

Sovremenny class destroyers (or Project 965) are the principal anti-surface warships of the Russian Navy.

Bespokoiny is a multipurose high-speed combat ship which primary role is to attack enemy warships while also providing sea and air defense for warships and transports under escort.

The ship was launched on June 9th, 1990. It took them about three years to built it.

Technical characteristics:

Horsepower: 100,000;

Speed: 32.7 knots;

Autonomy: 30 days;

Cruising range: 3,920 miles;

Displacement: 8,000 tons.

The K-130 is a 130-mm automatic gun with a shooting range of 23 km.

Project 956 guided missile destroyers had been actively used up to the end of the cold war.

The ship features 16 watertight sectors and a lot of low-alloyed steel construction elements.

It was the first to be equipped with an automatic re-charging mechanism AK-130.

It also features time-fuse and radar fuse missiles.

The ship’s helicopter pad accommodates one Kamov Ka-27 anti-submarine warfare helicopter.

The ship is outfitted with the Raduga Moskit anti-ship missile system with two four-cell launchers installed. The ship carries a total of eight Moskit 3M80E missiles. The missile is a sea-skimming missile with velocity of Mach 2.5, armed with a 300 kg high-explosive or a nuclear 200 kt warhead. The range is from 10 to 120 km. The launch weight is 4,000 kg.

“Do not walk during rotation!”

It shows a good floodability and survivability due to its steel constructions separating explosive sectors of the ship.

Type 956 originally only carries the hull mounted array because the ASW gear of this class is primarily for self-defense.

The ship’s propulsion system is based on two steam turbine engines each producing 50,000 hp together with four high-pressure boilers. There are two fixed-pitch propellers. The ship’s maximum speed is just under 33 knots. At a fuel-economic speed of 18 knots the range is 3,920 miles.

The maximum wave height the ship is able to withstand is 12 m.

The ship’s crew is 296 people in peacetime and 358 people in wartime (including 25 officers, 48 warrant officers). Today’s service period for draftees is one year which is not enough to learn how to operate a combat ship like this. After one year, they get transferred to the reserve. According to officers, the only way out is to increase the number of contract seamen.

Cat named Tyoma is nodding by the book of distinguished guests which, among others, includes an autohraph of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

The crew of Yaroslav Mudry (Wise) moored next to Bespokoiny consists of contract seamen only.

Yaroslav Mudry’s helipad.

Location: Kaliningrad

via chistoprudov

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16 Responses to “The True Defender”

  1. wing says:

    Mother Russia is under attack from all sides! Men, to your posts! All foreign countries and foreigners are potential enemies! Defend the Motherland! To arms! We must be in a perpetual state of combat readiness! Help!

    • adfasd says:

      I’m Polish and I have no trouble believing Russia has many enemies that are trying to contain it.

      Not sure what your problem is…

      • wing says:

        It should be clear that the problem is not mine. Being Polish, though, you yourself have every reason to be wary of Russian ambitions or indeed, enemies on all sides. Thank goodness Polish culture has survived!

    • Sean says:

      What a hysteric reply to this post. Enemies are not necessary those who invade, but those who intend to if you lose the strength, particularly when you possess world’s richest resources and ecosystems, being a major political force etc….

    • Mhm says:

      I think you’re confusing Russia with another state who simply cannot leave without a potential threat. Communism, Terrorism, drugs, Aliens… WMD in Iraq, No in Afghanistan, no in Iran!! Oh hell no – its the internet itself!! PIPA, SOPA… Homeland (Security).. ‘bcuz the motherland is in danger, Ja! .. Scanners, TSA “If you see something suspicious – report to nearest office/agent” Napolitano quote… etc etc. Give me a break.

  2. Mister Dog says:

    Looks to be well maintained. Minimal running rust and I know they aren’t doing any painting in the middle of the winter.

    The bridge is surprisingly small. I thought the pale green often used on US Navy interiors was bad but that bright green used here is really hideous.

  3. Mors says:

    This “defender” will be an agressor one day…

    • ayaa says:

      You know the old saying. Attack is often the best defense.

    • alessio215 says:

      Looks like an ald fashioned destroyer, not even covered with RAM it will be spotted 100 of km’s away by radar.
      Anyway it shurely has an awesome firepower .
      As a defender it will do great.
      As an attacker, sorry guys but you will telephone your attack

      • kyp says:

        At a 100km range, the ships armament of 8 Moskit 3M80E missiles will be let loose and KILL it’s target. The Moskit is considered by most to be the deadliest anti-ship missle in the world. It reaches a speed of mach 3 while enroute to it’s target. Giving it’s victim only 20 seconds at the most to deploy countermeasures.

  4. Testicules says:

    This ship looks to be in good shape for the Russian navy. The captain must run a tight ship with good maintenance.

  5. Mark says:

    Bespokoiniy? the guided-missle ship NERVOUS?

  6. SeaRat says:

    Hmmm. I think Russia has just only one really threadful enemy, and it China. No one wants to go to Russia. There is no reason.

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