Almirante Padilla  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: 4
Also Known As: Type FS 1500
Origin: Germany
Parent System: Almirante Padilla
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: 4
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Description: The Colombian Navy Almirante Padilla or Type FS 1500 class of corvette (also called light frigate) was designed and built in Germany in the 1980s. The ship is intended to perform anti-submarine (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) in the littoral environment. The propulsion system features four diesel engines developing 23,000-shp and a top speed of 27 knots. The sensor package includes the Sea Tiger early warning radar and Krupp Atlas ASO 84-2 hull-mounted sonar. The weapon system includes eight MM40 Exocet anti-ship missiles, one 76mm gun, one 40mm anti-aircraft gun and 2 triple 12.75-inch torpedo tubes. Besides, the vessel includes a flight deck and hangar allowing for operation of a BO-105 helicopter. The Colombian Navy commissioned four boats in 1983 and 1984. In the 2000s, these light frigates were upgraded with new engines and the Barak-1 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system.

Almirante Padilla Specifications

Crew: 92
Number of Aircraft: 1
Number of Engines: 4
Number of Weapons: 8
Torpedo Tubes: 6
Beam: 11.3 meter (37.1 foot)
Draft: 3.50 meter (11.5 foot)
Length: 95 meter (313 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 76 millimeter
Total Combined Power: 23,000 shp (17.2 MW)
Top Speed: 27 knot (13.9 mps)
Full Displacement: 1,850 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Almirante Padilla News

There is 1 news
on 18 Mar 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014Upgraded Almirante Padilla Frigates Pass Colombian Navy Sea Acceptance Trials

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 41
Cannons & Gear
76/62 Compactx1
Combat Aircraft
BO 105x1
Defensive Weapons
Offensive Weapons
MM40 Exocetx8
Protection Systems
Barak 8 AMDx1
Vigile 200Sx1
Sensor Systems
Sting EOx1

Almirante Padilla Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
FM 51 Almirante Padilla-1983-
FM 52 Caldas-1984-
FM 53 Antioquia-1984-
FM 54 Independencia-1984-

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