Italian naval shipbuilder Fincantieri handed over the second Thaon di Revel class (often known as PPA for “Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura”) Francesco Morosini (P431) to the Italian Navy in a ceremony in Muggiano on October 22. The ship was laid down on 16 February 2018 at Fincantieri Muggiano and launched on 22 Might 2020. Francesco Morosini is a second of seven vessels all to be constructed on the Built-in Shipyard of Riva Trigoso and Muggiano with deliveries anticipated till 2026. Attended the occasion, amongst others, the Chief of the Italian Navy, Admiral OF-9 Enrico Credendino, and the Basic Supervisor Naval Vessels Division of Fincantieri, Dario Deste.

The Thaon di Revel class is a category of multipurpose offshore ships constructed by Fincantieri for the Italian Navy. It’s deliberate to switch 4 Soldati-class mild patrol frigates and eight Minerva-class corvettes between 2021/2035. As a part of the 2014 Naval Legislation, a complete of sixteen ships are deliberate and as of 2019 seven vessels have been financed with three extra on possibility. The PPAs are a part of the renewal plan of the operational traces of the Italian Navy vessels, authorized by the Authorities and Parliament and began in Might 2015 (“Naval Act”) underneath the aegis of OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation sur l’Armement).


Italian Navy Thaon di Revel class Offshore Patrol Vessel Francesco Morosini (P431). (Photograph by Fincantieri)

The category, designed with a excessive stage of modularity and automation, shall be delivered in a full, a light-weight+ and a light-weight configuration by way of completely different sensors and equipments embarked and might carry out a number of features, starting from patrol with sea rescue capability to civil safety operations and, in its most extremely outfitted model, first line preventing vessel. The Mild configuration has solely gun armament. The Mild+ and Full choices additionally mount Aster anti-aircraft missiles and torpedoes. All configuration have the choice to mount TESEO “EVO” MK2/E anti-ship missile launchers.

The Italian Navy ordered the brand new MBDA TESEO MK/2E heavy-duty missile (TESEO “EVO”), a long-range anti-ship missile with additionally strategic land assault functionality. The missile could have a brand new terminal “head” with twin RF seeker (Radio Frequency) and, presumably, date the necessity to even assault floor targets, IIR (Imaging IR). In comparison with the predecessor OTOMAT/TESEO, the TESEO “EVO” MK/2E has a double vary or greater than 360 km. Former OTOMAT is accredited for a variety of motion of greater than 180 km. The TESEO MK / 2E (TESEO “EVO”) with additionally a strategic land assault functionality for the assault of floor targets.