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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2021
Total Production: 7
Also Known As: Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ship and Pattugliatori Polivalenti d'Altura
Origin: Italy
Corporations: Elettronica, Fincantieri*, MBDA, Oto Melara, SELEX ES and WASS   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: PPA
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2021
Total Production: 7
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Description: The Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ship or PPA is a highly flexible ship capable of meeting a wide range of missions profiles ranging from patrol, sea rescue to surface fighting vessel. Its modular architecture allows to configure these ships for patrol and fighting missions combining an array of sensors and weapon systems. The PPA is capable of operating high-speed vessels such as RIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) up to 11 meters long through lateral cranes or a hauling ramp located at the far stern. The propulsion system is based upon a combined diesel and gas (CODAG) turbines arrangement. These ships can supply water and electric power (up to 2,000 kW) to land. Besides, they can embark residential and healthcare modules allowing for transportation of civilians and wounded personnel. The Italian Navy expects to take delivery of the first PPA vessel in 2021 following a procurement contract signed with Fincantieri and Finmeccanica in May 2015. A total of six vessels are planned for delivery by 2025 with four additional PPAs as option. In November 2015 Italy exercised an option for a seventh PPA vessel.

The PPA is provided with a high level of innovation to achieve a considerable degree of efficiency and flexibility allowing to serve both military and civil purposes. In addition, the ship has a low environmental impact thanks an electric auxiliary propulsion system generating a low level of pollution and biological waster control system. The PPA's combat system will be provided by Selex ES (a Finmeccanica subsidiary) including the new multi-functional radar. OTO Melara, WASS, MBDA and Elettronica will take care of supplying sensors and weapon systems. Fincantieri and Selex ES will develop the ship's bridge allowing for the integrated management of sailing and combat operations, using augmented reality to allow both functions to be effectively managed with fewer operators.

PPA Specifications

Crew: 90
Troops: 81
Length: 133 meter (436 foot)
Electric Output: 2,000 kW
Total Combined Power: 30.3 MW (40,617 hp)
Top Speed: 33 knot (61 kph)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
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Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

PPA News

There are 5 news between
7 May 2015 and 13 Jan 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017Italy Joins Aster Block 1 NT Missile Program
Tuesday, October 18, 2016Leonardo Introduces ATAS Underwater Sonar System
Wednesday, October 5, 2016Italian Navy PPA Ships to Be Powered by MTU 20V 8000 M91L Engines
Thursday, March 3, 2016LM2500+G4 Gas Turbine to Power New Italian PPA Patrol Ships
Thursday, May 7, 2015Italian Navy Orders a Logistic Support Ship and Six Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ships

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 71
Cannons & Gear
Defensive Weapons
Aster B1 NT
Propulsion Systems
Sensor Systems

PPA Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
PPA1 Paolo Thaon di Revel-2021-
PPA2 -2022-
PPA3 -2023-
PPA4 -2024-
PPA5 -2024-
PPA6 -2025-
PPA7 -2026-

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