The Z Plan contemplated the construction of six large battleships of over 52,000 metric tons each armed with eight 40.6cm guns. They were basically enlarged Bismarcks with heavier guns, extended compartmentation, and increased radius of action. The propulsion plant was to include 12 diesel motors coupled to three shafts able to provide a speed of 30 knots. The first two units were laid down in the Summer of 1939, but further construction was suspended following the outbreak of the war.
Displacement: standard 52,600 mt, full load 62,600 mt.
Dimensions: Waterline length 266 m, overall length 278 m, beam 37 m, maximum draft 10 m, depth 15.565 m.
Armour: main belt 300 mm, upper belt 150 mm, main turrets 150-385 mm, upper deck 50-80 mm, armour deck 100-120 mm, conning tower 200-350 mm, torpedo bulkhead 45 mm.
Aircraft: 4 x Arado ar 196.
Speed: 30 knots.
Endurance: 16,000 nm at 19 knots
Fuel capacity: 8,700 mt.
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