Three fast battlecruisers each armed with six 38cm guns were to be built as part of the Z Plan. The intended role of these ships was to raid the enemy's supply lines thanks to their long range and high speed. They were designed to have a combined propulsion including diesel motors for the wing shafts and a steam turbine plant for the central shaft. Construction was however suspended in September 1939 before their keels were even laid down.
Displacement: standard 28,900 mt, full load 35,400 mt.
Dimensions: Waterline length 246 m, overall length 256.5 m, beam 30 m, maximum draft 8.2 m, depth 14.35 m.
Armour: main belt 190 mm, main turrets 50-210 mm, upper deck 50 mm, armour deck 60-80 mm, conning tower 80-200 mm, torpedo bulkhead 45 mm.
Aircraft: 4 x Arado ar 196.
Speed: 33.5 knots.
Endurance: 14,000 nm at 19 knots.
Fuel capacity: 5,100 mt.
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