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Kirov Class (Russia) ? 827 feet

ole timer Oct 4, 2014

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    Unlike the Izumo class, Russia?s nuclear powered battle-cruisers of the Kirov Class are anything but defensive in purpose. Built and commissioned between the late 1970s and 1990s, there were only four vessels of this class built as it is estimated each ship cost well over the present-day equivalent of $2 billion. Currently, one is fully operational while the other three are going through a modernization before being returned to service. The Kirovs are truly impressive in terms of weaponry. They carry supersonic anti-ship missiles with a range of 500km, hundreds of surface-to-air missiles to shoot down enemy missiles and planes, as well as an assortment of anti-submarine weaponry. The size of these vessels shocked Western observers and military planners to point where the United States re-activated and modernized its four World-War Two era Iowa class battleships