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Cruiser | Japan | Tier IV
Tech Tree Position
Tenryū
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Furutaka
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General
Research price5600 exp
Purchase price760 000 Credits
Hit Points23 000 
Main Battery
140 mm/50 3rd Year Type7 х 1 pcs.
Rate of Fire10 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
Rotation Speed8.5 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time21.18 sec.
Firing Range11.67 km.
Maximum Dispersion113 m.
HE Shell140 mm HE Type0 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2400 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell10 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity850 m./s.
HE Shell Weight38 kg.
AP Shell140 mm Capped Common Shell 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2700 
Initial AP Shell Velocity850 m./s.
AP Shell Weight38 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm Twin4 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire1.43 shots/min.
Reload Time42 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
Torpedo533 mm Type6 
Maximum Damage10 833 
Torpedo Speed57 knot
Torpedo Range6.99 km.
AA Defense
6.5 mm/115 3rd Year Type2 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second2.4 
. . . Firing Range0.99 km.
80 mm/40 (3) 3rd Year Type2 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second3.2 
. . . Firing Rangekm.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed34.5 knot
Turning Circle Radius640 m.
Rudder Shift Time6.9 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range11.34 km.
Air Detectability Range6.54 km.
Battle Levels
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Kuma — Japanese Tier IV cruiser.

Un crucero ligero multipropósito que pudiera servir como explorador y destructor de escuadra. Comparado con la clase precedente, el Kuma poseía un mayor desplazamiento, armamento reforzado y una velocidad incrementada. Retuvo la débil defensa AA que era típica de los cruceros japoneses de períodos anteriores.

Modules

Batería principal Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
180 Degree Turn Time
(sec)
Maximum Dispersion
(m)
Maximum HE Shell Damage
(HP)
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell
(%)
Maximum AP Shell Damage
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
140 mm/50 Tipo 31021,181132400102700 044 000
Casco 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)
Kuma (A)23 00066572/240 080 000
Kuma (B)24 2006657640 2000300 000
Torpedos Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
Torpedo Tubes Reload Time
(sec)
180 Degree Turn Time
(sec)
Maximum Damage
(HP)
Torpedo Speed
(knot)
Torpedo Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Tipo 61,4427,210 833577 0200 000
Sistema de control de tiro Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Tipo 4 mod. 1011,7 060 000
Tipo 4 mod. 21012,8 900140 000
Motor Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsión: 90 000 CV34,5 040 000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  [[File:wows icon_modernization_PCM030_MainWeapon_Mod_I_96030a0457a0354806c48d85ce6676be5f6497b87f22bcb3e2ebb61e2d072914.png", "local": "{\"default\": \"gui|44px|Modificación 1 del armamento principal|link=Ship:Upgrades#Modificaci.C3.B3n.C2.A01_del.C2.A0armamento_principal]] [[File:wows icon_modernization_PCM031_SecondaryWeapon_Mod_I_3052372f9677465987f8c6bfc953fb50d36e7346cadbac08aa11678cedb8de9a.png", "local": "{\"default\": \"gui|44px|Modificación 1 del armamento auxiliar|link=Ship:Upgrades#Modificaci.C3.B3n.C2.A01_del.C2.A0armamento_auxiliar]] [[File:wows icon_modernization_PCM032_PowderMagazine_Mod_I_4ca84c8576aa07da0b8c3964613597aa01a13371173a00f210c68ae3c086966e.png", "local": "{\"default\": \"gui|44px|Modificación 1 de la santabárbara|link=Ship:Upgrades#Modificaci.C3.B3n.C2.A01_de_la.C2.A0santab.C3.A1rbara]]
 Slot 4  [[File:wows icon_modernization_PCM020_DamageControl_Mod_I_a7f09e1168644fee7c14fa14f47718f590b4d33a71de60b6f8b91293bdd6e33a.png", "local": "{\"default\": \"gui|44px|Modificación 1 del sistema de control de daños|link=Ship:Upgrades#Modificaci.C3.B3n.C2.A01_del.C2.A0sistema_de_control_de_da.C3.B1os]] [[File:wows icon_modernization_PCM069_Movement_Mod_I_bb4cf51f510df3fff7c12b47d360f7ec1657443a32adbcdf8fe3a84cb8d5868c.png", "local": "{\"default\": \"gui|44px|Protección de la sala de máquinas|link=Ship:Upgrades#Protecci.C3.B3n_de_la_sala_de_m.C3.A1quinas]]

Player Opinion

Performance

The Kuma is an improvement of the previous Tenryu. The Kuma inherits the same rapid fire 140 mm guns of its predecessor in greater number. With more guns the Kuma is able to deliver a greater volume of fire making the ship better at surface combat. A pair of double torpedo launchers on each side allows the Kuma to deliver 4 torpedoes per broadside. These torpedoes have an excellent range of 7 km and solid damage.

However, the Kuma suffers from several weaknesses. First of all the citadel of the ship sits high above the water line and is easily penetrated by the AP shells of most of her opponents. Moreover, the engine and steering modules are easy to disable. Finally the Kuma has extremely weak AA defence and will have trouble effectively shooting down planes. The addition of the catapult fighter with the B hull upgrade provides a minor improvement.

The Kuma is a fun ship to play. The high rate of fire and strong torpedo armament provides the player the tools to inflict substantial damage to ships of any type. Players should be wary about protecting the sides of the ship from enemy fire to avoid citadel penetrations. This is especially true when facing battleships as the AP rounds from any battleship that the Kuma will face have a high probability of hitting the citadel. The torpedo tubes are also poorly protected and may be disabled by enemy fire.

Pros:

  • Great guns with a long range and fast reload
  • Powerful torpedoes with 7 km range
  • She is very maneuverable for her size.
  • Low slung profile makes her hard to hit
  • She is equipped with a catapult fighter
  • Very deadly to enemy destroyers.

Cons:

  • Loses torpedo firing systems easily.
  • Rudder is made of paper.
  • Armor that can absorb practically nothing.
  • Catches fire with ease and shares the large citadel of Tenryu.
  • AA is all bark and no bite.
  • No secondaries.

Research

  • Get the hull upgrade first for added AA and survivability plus a fighter aircraft.
  • Then the fire control for increasing gun range from 11.2 to 12.4 km.
If her captain is carried over from the preceding cruisers, then the captain should already have, or have enough points for, a first and second skill. Otherwise, you should be able to collect enough points to do so by playing her. While you can be quite flexible with your first skill choice, your second skill must invariably be Expert Marksman, because while Kuma may not really need herself, all Japanese cruisers from her successor Furutaka and onwards will be beleaguered by slow turret rotation speeds.

Optimal Configuration


Commander Skills

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Historical Info

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