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Sovremenny-class destroyer

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The Sovremenny class, Soviet designation Project 956 Sarych (buzzard), is a class of anti-ship and anti-aircraft guided-missile destroyers of the Soviet and later Russian Navy. The ships are named after qualities, with "Sovremenny" translating as "modern" or "contemporary". Most of the ships have been retired from active service and one converted into a museum ship in 2018; as of 2021 three remain in commission with the Russian Navy with several in overhaul. Four modified ships were delivered to the People's Liberation Army Navy, and remain in service.

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Bezuprechny in August 1986
Class overview
NameSovremenny class
BuildersZhdanov Shipyard
Preceded by
Succeeded by
In commission1980–present
Active6, 2 with Russian Navy, 4 with Plan Navy
Retired13 (2 Laid-up)
General characteristics
TypeGuided-missile destroyer
Displacement6,600 tons standard, 8,000 tons full load
Length156 m (511 ft 10 in)
Beam17.3 m (56 ft 9 in)
Draught6.5 m (21 ft 4 in)
Propulsion2 shaft steam turbines, 4 boilers, 75,000 kW (100,000 hp), 2 fixed propellers, 2 turbo generators, and 2 diesel generators
Speed32.7 knots (60.6 km/h; 37.6 mph)
  • 3,920 nmi (7,260 km; 4,510 mi) at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
  • 1,345 nmi (2,491 km; 1,548 mi) at 33 knots (61 km/h; 38 mph)
Sensors and
processing systems
  • Radar: Air target acquisition radar, 3 × navigation radars, 130 mm gun fire-control radars, 30 mm air-defence gun fire control radar
  • Sonar: Active and passive under-keel sonar
  • ES: Tactical situation plotting board, anti-ship missile fire control system, air defence, missile fire-control system, and torpedo fire control system
Electronic warfare
& decoys
2 PK-2 decoy dispensers (200 rockets)
  • Guns:
  • 4 (2 × 2) AK-130 130 mm naval guns
  • 4 × 30 mm AK-630 CIWS
  • Missiles
  • 8 (2 × 4) (SS-N-22 'Sunburn') anti-ship missiles
  • 48 (2 × 24) SA-N-7 'Gadfly' surface-to-air missiles
  • Anti-submarine:
  • 2 × 2 533 mm torpedo tubes
  • 2 × 6 RBU-1000 300 mm anti-submarine rocket launchers
Aircraft carried1 × Ka-27 series helicopter
Aviation facilitiesHelipad

The Sovremenny class are guided-missile destroyers, primarily tasked with anti-ship warfare, while also providing sea and air defense for warships and transports under escort. The class was designed to complement the Udaloy-class destroyers, which were fitted primarily for anti-submarine operations.