A russian scientist wanted to develop a new superweapon : Time travel, will be like if one Kirov class cruiser modernization return in 1942, what they will do, how their technology will affect history
This question was more or less answered in the first few books of John Schettler’s novel series titled ‘Kirov’ which sees a refitted Kirov class battlecruiser end up in 1940 after an accident blows it from 2021. Soon enough it found itself having a disagreement with the nearby British fleet and battle soon ensued, with Kirov emerging the victor, and the British battleships battered and bruised, yet still standing strong. The destroyers and cruisers didn’t do so well.
As in the book, the Kirov would certainly take advantage of being able to hit from afar, fighting like an aircraft carrier, launching its lances out of gun-range of the antiquated ships. However, the battleships have one thing going for them.
As technology progressed and missiles gradually became the new go-to ship armament, countermeasures were developed. The solution? Make the missile faster, but at a cost of power. This point is brought up when the Kirov’s SSM’s prove to have a minimum effect on the British battleship’s armor. They were built during a time to use sheer steel plating to defend against shells of up to 16 inch caliber, much more powerful then most SSM’s today. The solution the Kirov’s crew came up with was to manually reprogram the missiles to get rid of the sea-skimming part of its voyage that was meant to nullify ECM’s that weren’t even around, and simply plunge right through the (weaker) deck armor.
But I want a different result from the book, not with the cold war configuration, Kirov will be a modernized battleship in 2020 with Zircon or P800 missiles, S400 air defense....