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Missile Cruiser Project 1080 by VoughtVindicator Missile Cruiser Project 1080 by VoughtVindicator
Alright, so this is what can be said is my first real shipbucket drawing as it's a real ship design and not yet another figment of my imagination.

However, this particular ship was never built. It was envisioned by the Soviet Union during the Cold War as a much cheaper way to achieve the same goals as the 4-billion supercarriers of the US Navy by packing the 16,000 ton, cruiser-sized ship full of tactical ballistic missiles of the "Elbrus" type, a modernized variant of the Scud missile, in four groups of 50 so as to carry 200 missiles in total. This supposedly could provide as much land-attack capability as the US aircraft carriers, but it wouldn't have been too good against ships given how the ballistic missiles lacked the guidance systems necessary to attack moving targets, and were pretty inaccurate to boot. But I guess that when you have 200 of them, it's not such a problem. While I'm stretching a leg here, it appears this thing inspired the Soviet Dreadnought on Red Alert....

The reason I uploaded this to the Nationstates club is the fact that the 1080 serves as the main heavy surface combattant of Birkaine's navy, albeit in a modified form with modern guided missiles.

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Carrier2 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Replace those ballistic missiles with cruise missiles-10 cruise missiles to each tube-and you would have a ship that could carry 2000 cruise missiles for anti-air, anti-ship, anti-satillite, and land-attack purposes.
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't think you can fit 10 cruise missiles in lieu of a single Scud. Two at most...
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Carrier2 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
You could do it with the cruise missiles we have these days.
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Alexander941 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
As far as i know the US Military has thought about a similar solution to cut costs, its called the "arsenal ship".
It would have been able to carry 500 cruise missiles, without a crew, and bee controlled by a smaller vessel somewhere else.
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, difference being this one posessed ballistic missiles incapable of taking out precision targets or destroy moving enemy objectives like ships or field formations; it was simply meant to carpet a huge area with Scuds until everything died. Arsenal ship was a much finer weapon capable of taking out a whole variety of targets.
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Alexander941 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Looked it up, it was planed to have 64 Kinzhal AA Missiles (cant identify the launchers on the deck), and you are right about the inaccuracy of the SCUDs, they have a ballistic error of 500-900m.
Wonder if that thing could somehow overwhelm a carrier, or get close enough to do so.
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The launchers are revolver-type VLS on the rear superstructure, they are not too visible because of the railings.

As for the carrier thing, I doubt it would even get close enough without getting pasted by the destroyer screen or naval aviation, and even if it did Scuds are a really poor weapon against a, moving maneuvering target. I'd say it was more meant for land attack
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Alexander941 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Right, that would be really hard to accomplish, the USSR naval Weapon of choice will sure be the Submarine.

I have to look if there are Typhoon (Akula 941 (see my nick :-) )) paintings on Deviantart.
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Super6-4 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting concept for sure.
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, it's never been tried ever since
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