Italian Navy / Marina Militare Italiana

Soldati class Guided Missile Frigate

(modified Lupo class Frigate - originally built for Iraq)


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in service



F 582 ITS Artigliere


Cantiere Navale di Ancona, Italy

placed in reserve 2013

F 583 ITS Aviere


Cantiere Navale di Ancona, Italy

in service

F 584 ITS Bersagliere


Cantiere Navale di Ancona, Italy

in service

F 585 ITS Granatiere


Cantiere Navale di Riva Trigoso, Genua, Italy

in service






113,2 meters



11,3 meters



3,7 meters



2525 tons (full load)



35 knots (65 km/h) maximal with gas turbines / 21 knots (39 km/h) with diesels



5000 NM (9260 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h) on diesels



up to 185



flight deck (25x11 meters) and telescopic hangar for 1 AB-212ASW helicopter



CODOG (Combined Diesel or Gas)

2 x GE/Fiat-Avio LM2500 gas engines (49300 hp)

2 x Grandi Motori Trieste GMT A230-20 diesel engines (7800 hp)
2 shafts / 2 propellers



1 x Oto-Melara 127/54C compact gun (F 584 has a 127/64LW lightweight gun)

2 x Oto-Melara 40L70 DARDO CIWS

8 x Otomat/Teseo Mk-2 SSM

1 x Albatros Mk-2 missile launching system for Aspide SAM (8 missiles + reload)



1x SPS-774 (RAN-10S) early warning radar

1x SPQ-712 (RAN-12L/X) surface/air search radar

1x SPN-703 navigation radar

2x SPG-70 (RTN-10X) fire control radar (for Aspide & gun)

2x SPG-74 (RTN-20X) fire control radar (for 40L70)

ESM/ECM SLQ-747 (INS-3M) intercept & jammer system

2x SCLAR decoy launchers






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Iraq ordered four Lupo-class frigates in 1980 as part of a naval expansion program just before the Iran-Iraq War. These ships, which feature a telescopic hangar were completed between 1985 and 1987. Due to restrictions on arm sales to Iraq because of the Iran-Iraq War placed by the Italian prime minister Bettino Craxi, the ships remained interned in Italy until the end of that war in 1988. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein then tried to renegotiate the price of these ships (and the other ships purchased from Italy), claiming he should receive a discount due the delay in delivery of the ships. Negotiations and court proceedings were still ongoing when Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990 and a new arms embargo against Iraq was placed by the United Nations, again blocking the sale. In 1993 all of them were seized and, after being refitted as patrol ships, incorporated to the Marina Militare as the Soldati class in 1996. Changes made for Italian service included the removal of all ASW equipment. The four ships are used in fleet escort or long range patrolling duties. The Soldati class is among the items the Philippines is taking into consideration for acquisition as the Philippines and Italy recently signed a 5-year agreement for a fast track procurement of Italian-supplied new and used military equipment.

F 582 ITS Artigliere (artilleryman) - (ex Hittin / F 14)
F 583 ITS Aviere (aviator) - (ex Thi Qar / F 15)
F 584 ITS Bersagliere (sharpshooter) - (ex Al Yarmuk / F 17)
F 585 ITS Granatiere (grenadier) - (ex Al Qadissiah / F 16)


class images


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soldati class frigate f 584 its bersagliere italian navy

ITS Bersagliere with 127/64 lightweight gun


soldati artigliere class frigate f 585 its granatiere italian navy


soldati artigliere class frigate italian navy

soldati artigliere class frigate italian navy


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