- Jan 16, 2010
I've read that this was due to different ideas of how WW3 would play out. No idea if it was true, but interesting, none the less.Well, the Russians are fond of their missle ships. Notably the Moskva.
Yes I know the US also has guided missle cruisers too but Russia really likes the "Stick a bunch of missles on a vehicle" thing.
NATO tended to lean towards thinking that WW3 would be a protracted conflict, with ships taking part in multiple engagements, so they had to be built to take and repair damage over a long period. The USSR lent towards WW3 being sharp and intense, there was no emphasis on the ability to repair because the war would be won or lost before then. So lots of missiles you can fire of all at once, and if machinery broke down you needed to go back to port for a replacement.