Paolo Thaon di Revel-class Offshore Patrol Vessel

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The Paolo Thaon di Revel-class (also known as PPA for "Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura") is a class of multipurpose offshore ships built by Fincantieri for the Italian Navy. It is planned to replace four Soldati-class light patrol frigates and eight Minerva-class corvettes between 2021/2035. As part of the 2014 Naval Law, a total of sixteen ships are planned and as of 2019 seven vessels have been financed with three more on option.

The class, designed with a high level of modularity and automation, will be delivered in a full, a light+ and a light configuration in terms of different sensors and equipments embarked and can perform multiple functions, ranging from patrol with sea rescue capacity to civil protection operations and, in its most highly equipped version, first line fighting vessel.

According to RID, the Italian Navy ordered the new MBDA TESEO MK/2E heavy-duty missile (TESEO "EVO"), a long-range anti-ship missile with also strategic land attack capability. The missile will have a new terminal "head" with dual RF seeker (Radio Frequency) and, presumably, date the need to even attack ground targets, IIR (Imaging IR). Compared to the predecessor OTOMAT/TESEO, the TESEO "EVO" MK/2E has a double range or more than 360 km. Former OTOMAT is accredited for a range of action of more than 180 kilometers.

Specifications[edit | edit source]

  • Type: Offshore Patrol Vessel/Frigate
  • Service Period: 2022-
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 469 feet 2 inches (143 meters)
    • Beam: 54 feet 2 inches (16.5 meters)
    • Draft: 34 feet 5 inches (10.49 meters)
    • Displacement (Light): 4,803 tons (Standard); 5,738 tons (Full Load)
    • Displacement (Light+): 4,834 tons (Standard); 5,787 tons (Full Load)
    • Displacement (Full): 4,915 tons (Standard); 6,171 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 90-120
  • Propulsion:
    • 1 x General Electric LM2500+G4 gas turbine, 43,000 shp (32,000 kW)
    • 2 x MTU 20V 8000 M91L diesel engines, 13,0000 (10,000 kW) each
    • 4 x MAN GenSets 12V175D-MEM diesel generators, 2,200 hp (1,640 kW) each - replaced by Isotta Fraschini 16V170C2ME diesel generators (2,100 hp(1,600 kW)) each from PPA-4 onwards.
    • 2 x electric engines, 1,810 hp (1,350 kW) each (reversible)
    • 2 x shafts, driving controllable pitch propellers
  • Range: 5,000 nautical miles (9,260 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 31.6 knots (58.52 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Leonardo naval cockpit
    • Leonardo SADOC Mk4 CMS (Command Management System) with 28 MFC (20 on PPA Light version)
    • Leonardo SAAM-ESD, AAW system
    • 1 x Leonardo LPI air and ground surveillance radar (SPS-732)
    • 2 x Leonardo navigation radar, X/Ka dual band radar
    • 1 x Leonardo static IRST (InfraRed Search and Track)
    • 1 x Leonardo next generation IFF sensors (Identification Friend & Foe) with circular antenna
    • 1 x Leonardo Diver Detection Sonar
    • 1 x Leonardo Fire Control System, ADT NG NA30S Mk2
    • 1 x dual-band SATCOM antenna
    • 1 x tri-band SATCOM antenna
    • 1 x SAT-TV antenna
    • PPA Full: Leonardo AESA 3D Dual Band Radar, C/X-band radar
    • Leonardo ATAS (Active Towed Array Sonar), VDS
    • Leonardo Black Snake, anti torpedo towed array sonar
    • Leonardo Underwater Telephone
    • Leonardo Bathy Thermograph Unit
  • Countermeasures:
  • Armament:
    • 1 x OTO Melara 127mm/64-caliber naval gun
    • 2 x 8-cell SYLVER A50 VLS (fires Aster 30 Blk.1NT SAMs) - Light+ and Full configurations only
    • 8 x Teseo\Otomat MK2/E anti-ship and land attack missiles
    • 2 x triple WASS B-515/3 launcher - Full configuration only
    • 1 x Oto Melara 76 mm/62 Strales Sovraponte anti-aircraft gun
    • 2 x Oto Melara Oerlikon KBA B06, remote mounting
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x NHIndustries SH90 or 1 x AW101 Merlin maritime helicopters

Unit Run[edit | edit source]

  • ITS Paolo Thaon di Revel (P430)
  • ITS Francesco Morosini (P431)
  • ITS Raimondo Montecuccoli (P432)
  • ITS Marcantonio Colonna (P433) - fitting out
  • ITS Giovanni delle Bande Nere (P434) - sea trials
  • ITS Ruggiero di Lauria (P435) - under construction
  • ITS Domenico Millelire (P436) - under construction
  • ITS Unnamed (P437) - planned for construction
  • ITS Unnamed (P438) - planned for construction
  • ITS Unnamed (P439) - planned for construction
  • ITS Unnamed (P440) - planned for construction
  • ITS Unnamed (P441) - planned for construction
  • ITS Unnamed (P442) - planned for construction
  • ITS Unnamed (P443) - planned for construction
  • ITS Unnamed (P444) - planned for construction
  • ITS Unnamed (P445) - planned for construction