ARTIGLIERE CLASS (LUPO TYPE)
The Italian Artigliere class frigates were initially built for Iraq but the delivery was cancelled following the United Nations embargoes against Iraq in 1990. Consequently new weapons and communications systems were fitted to meet the requirements of the Italian Navy.
The Lupo class Fleet Patrol is one of a range of Fincantieri light advanced frigates capable of carrying out co-operative missions in the escort and support role and multi-role missions including surveillance and patrol, interdiction, strike and training.
The ship's main gun installed on the bow deck is the OTOBreda 127 mm gun which fires 32 kg rounds at a sustained rate of 45 rounds per minute. The range of the gun is more than 15 kilometres against surface targets and 7 kilometres against airborne targets. The two OTOBreda 40 mm twin anti- aircraft guns are installed on the port and starboard side of the ship at the main deck level between the helicopter deck and the surface to surface missile launchers.
The anti-aircraft guns fire 0.96 kg shells
at a firing rate of 300 rounds per minute to a range of four km for
airborne targets and to 12 kilometres for surface targets. The weapons
control system for the 40 mm guns consists of two Dardo systems from
Alenia Elsag Sistemi Navale (AESN).
Two GMT BL 230.20 M
diesel engines provide 10,000 horsepower. The engines drive two shafts
with controlled pitch propellers. The turbine engines provide a
maximum speed of 36 knots and the diesel engines provide a lower
maximum speed of 20 knots. At the diesel engines economical speed of
16 knots, the range of the patrol ship is 4,250 miles.