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Chkalov
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Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase pricepromo Doubloons
Hit Points51,700 
Secondary Armament #1
130 mm/55 on a B-2-U mount8 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range6.6 km.
Rate of Fire12 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE ShellHE-46 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,900 
Initial HE Shell Velocity900 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
AA Defense
130 mm/55 on a B-2-U mount8 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second98.4 
. . . Firing Range5.19 km.
37 mm 46-K mount8 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second97.6 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
37 mm V-11 mount16 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second147.2 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed32.3 knot
Turning Circle Radius1 040 m.
Rudder Shift Time13.2 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range13.56 km.
Air Detectability Range11.74 km.
Battle Levels
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Chkalov — Soviet promo premium Tier VIII aircraft сarrier.

The project of a high-speed aircraft carrier armed with dual-purpose main battery artillery that was developed in the U.S.S.R. in the late 1930s (Project 71B).

Chkalov was first released for sale on 8 Sept 2021 with Update 0.10.8.

Modules

Hull Hit Points
(HP)
Armor
(mm)
Armor
(mm)
Main Turrets
(pcs.)
Secondary Gun Turrets
(pcs.)
AA Mounts
(pcs.)
Torpedo Tubes
(pcs.)
Hangar Capacity
(pcs.)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Chkalov51,70013100816/8/872 00
Torpedo Bombers Maximum Torpedo Damage
(HP)
Cruise Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Polikarpov VIT-2 (VK-107)5,2001241,470 00
Bombers Maximum Bomb Damage
(HP)
Cruise Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Sukhoi Su-28,7001251,310 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 154,000 hp32.3 00

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Air Groups Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Damage Control Party Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Aircraft Engines Modification 1
 Slot 3  Secondary Battery Modification 1 Torpedo Bombers Modification 1 Aerial Torpedoes Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Torpedo Bombers Modification 2 Bombers Modification 2 Skip Bombers Modification 1
 Slot 5  Flight Control Modification 1 Concealment System Modification 1 Squadron Consumables Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

Warning. The data presented in the AA Defense sidebar section may be incorrect.


Tier VIII Premium Aircraft Carrier Chkalov retains many of the traits that define the Russian Aircraft Carrier line, having slow planes with high damage potential, slow plane regeneration time, and a large hangar size. She has three different types of planes, torpedo bombers, H.E skip bombers, and H.E dive bombers. While the planes have a low h.p pool, this is mitigated by the fact that the skip bombers and torpedo bombers will endure less damage from continuous AA. This makes dodging flak the key to having success with this carrier.

Attributes

Similar to her contemporaries, Chkalov is mostly covered with 25mm of armour making her vulnerable to large caliber A.P shells. However, she has a 30mm deck, which protects her from low caliber H.E shells and Battleship shells up to 406mm in caliber.

Chkalov’s torpedo bombers consist of one squadron of 6 planes carrying one torpedo each. These torpedoes are moderately fast at 41 knots, with a large arming distance and a huge damage potential. This makes them most effective against large, unmaneuverable targets such as enemy battleships. It is not uncommon for one attack run to remove ⅓ of an enemy battleship’s hp pool.

Similar to her torpedo bombers, Chkalov’s skip bombers consist of one squadron of 6 planes carrying one bomb each. These bombs can bounce at three different distances, their dispersion improving as they move farther away from the initial drop point. These bombs Penetrate 32mm of armour, making them effective against ships of all classes. They are particularly effective against destroyers who lose a large percentage of their hp for each bomb hit.

Instead of Rockets, Chkalov has H.E dive bombers similar to that of the Graf Zeppelin. Each squadron drops 6 bombs through a circular reticle. The delay between the start of the attack run and the drop is extremely short. These bombs are potent destroyer hunters, as they have the ability to start an attack run on a destroyer as soon as it is spotted and have enough time to drop it when the circle turns green.

Game Play

With 6 planes per squadron on all three of her plane types, the allegorical significance is not lost on enemy battleships and destroyers. Captains should try to position as aggressively as possible (without risking their own hull) in order to reduce plane flight and recall times. This will make up for her slow plane speed. In addition, flak dodging is key to plane preservation, as her planes often finish their attack run outside of close range AA auras. Both aggressive positioning and flak dodging are skills that take time to learn; Experienced carrier captains will have success with Chkalov, while inexperienced captains may struggle to have meaningful impact in their matches.

Pros:

  • All squadrons possess very high damage potential.
  • Large plane reserves, low hull detectability, and jet boosters allow for rapid cycling of squadrons at close range.
  • Fast torpedoes which are dropped in a tight spread.
  • Versatile skip bombers that can set multiple fires per run.
  • Possesses tier X fighter squadrons, with 7 aircraft and a larger patrol radius.
  • 30mm deck allows Chkalov to shatter destroyer-caliber HE and ricochet 406mm AP.
  • Powerful AA suite with above average range.

Cons:

  • Very poor aircraft cruising speeds, though slightly faster than those of Pobeda.
  • Extremely long torpedo arm distance, equaling that of Admiral Nakhimov.
  • Lack of aircraft speed and staying power makes Chkalov inefficient at spotting and other teamplay tasks.
  • Dive bombers are inaccurate and remain vulnerable to AA, making plane losses common and high alpha strikes rare.
  • Large, above-water citadel with only 100mm of horizontal protection.
  • Below average plane regeneration speed.

Research

As a premium ship, Chkalov has no module upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

Some recommended upgrades :

Commander Skills

Consumables

Chkalov can equip the following consumables:

Camouflage

Note: Use of the Juliet Charlie signal makes detonation impossible.

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

Video

References


Ship Change Log


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