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For other units of the same name, see Kirov airship.
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Kirov Airship

RA3 Kirov Airship.png
Internal name



RA3 USSR logo.png Soviet Union


Heavy bomber


BOR-57 "Grom" 800 kg. bomb payload


Self-sealing flame-resistant envelope



Hit points


Armour type

BaseAircraftArmor (200% Cannon, 100% Auto Cannon, 100% Flak, 100% Rocket, 75% Explosive, 200% Gun, 1% Sniper, 0% Melee, 5% Radiation)



Build time


Produced by



Battle lab



Ground attack

400 (Explosive)

Air speed
  • Normal: 30
  • Gastroburners: 55
Attack range


Sight range
  • 150 (vision)
  • 500 (shroud clearing range)

Auto heals 4 HP per second

Kirov reporting!
- Kirov Airship pilot

The Kirov airship was the Soviet Union's heavy bomber aircraft during the Third World War and The Uprising.

Background[edit | edit source]

Named for its maiden launch over Kirov oblast, the Kirov Airship was a massive dirigible, protected by a durable frame with heavy-duty envelope and armed with thousands of armor-piercing bombs. No expense was spared in the design or the manufacture of these airships, which were designed to fill Soviet citizens with awe and enemies with fear.

Despite its destructive power against ground targets, the Kirov was completely defenseless against aircraft, and require fighter escorts to deal with such threats. It was also ponderously slow, though this was mitigated somewhat by the addition of special fuel injectors, which could provide a significant burst of speed. Unfortunately, the chemical compound injected was toxic, and would slowly corrode the Kirov from the inside, so it had to be used sparingly.

Kirov Airships were flown only by the most decorated Soviet officers with years of good political standing, who enjoy lavish accommodations and fine dining inside the Kirov's 200-square-meter living quarters. It was rumored that these captains were extremely impatient for combat, yet feel so removed from it that they tend to use their bombs with liberal, merciless abandon.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

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Propellers The basic means of transportation, the propellers are a slow, but steady means of transport, and does not risk hull integrity in the process of using them.
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Gastroburners Increases the Kirov's speed to roughly twice as normal, while suffering 200 damage per second.

In-game[edit | edit source]

The Kirov airship is extremely deadly against structures and slow moving surface units, due to its unlimited bomb capacity. However, it is also extremely slow, and completely defenseless against aircraft. It is also vulnerable to nimble anti-air units, such as anti-air infantry and Multigunner IFV. Being a T3 unit, it is very expensive, so it must never be used without appropriate escort units.

The gastroburners ability can make it reach an enemy base faster, allow it to escape from anti-air fire, or even chase down certain ground units, though it can also drain the Kirov's health very quickly. Note that the Kirov will continue to take damage as long as the ability is active, even when not moving, so it must turned off when no longer needed.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Created[edit | edit source]

  • Kirov reporting!
  • Kirov rising!

Select[edit | edit source]

  • Let's pay a visit!
  • I have something for them!
  • I'm a giver!
  • Have I miss anyone?
  • Who's left?
  • Where the next stop?

Moving[edit | edit source]

  • Very well!
  • Mm Hmm!
  • Any friends along the way?
  • We wait there!
  • Soon!
  • In time!
  • A new course!
  • See you there!

Attacking[edit | edit source]

  • Another one?
  • Leave... nothing!
  • Destroy the place!
  • It's still standing?
  • Another for good measure!
  • Huhh! Can't be too generous!

Move to Attack[edit | edit source]

  • I don't think we've met...
  • That one looks good...
  • Never thought you ask!
  • How pretty!
  • Well, look at that!
  • Let's go say hello!
  • Don't mind if I do!
  • Leave our mark!
  • Excellent!
  • Look what we have here!

In Combat[edit | edit source]

  • Ahh! The sounds of destruction!
  • Drop another load!
  • Ohh yeah!
  • Uhh! Thats nice!
  • *sniffs* Do you smell that?...
  • Hehehe, that's right!
  • Aw... look, is that your house?

Retreating[edit | edit source]

  • All the way back!?
  • I'll ignore their insults!
  • Fine, we going home!
  • Take her back!

Under Fire[edit | edit source]

  • The pests are rack'ting up!
  • They annoying me!
  • Where are my escorts?!
  • Stop this nuisance!
  • Why are they so unfriendly?!
  • Get away from me!

Videos[edit | edit source]

Surveillance Footage

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Due to the use of mirrored texture, the hammer and sickle symbol on the left side of the airship is reversed.
  • In real life, airship bombers were only used during World War I because of their ability to carry heavy loads. Airships were soon replaced by plane bombers as airships were too brittle and a well placed rocket could send an airship down to the ground.
  • A Kirov airship can be seen replacing a bomb if it activates Gastroburners. No bomb will fall upon activation.
  • A Kirov can activate Gastroburners. But an opening is nowhere to be seen on the Kirov's rear.
  • In the opening of Red Alert 3, Kirov Airships are seen with searchlights. However, they are absent from the in-game model.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

RA3 USSR logo.png Soviet Red Alert 3 Arsenal RA3 USSR logo.png