Italian Navy / Marina Militare Italiana

Impavido class Guided Missile Destroyer


impavido class guided missile destroyer intrepido italian navy marina militare italiana d 570 571





in service



D 570 ITS Impavido


Cantiere Navale di Riva Trigoso, Italy

decommissioned 1992

D 571 ITS Intrepido


Cantiere Ansaldo di Livorno, Italy

decommissioned 1991






130,9 meters



13,6 meters



4,5 meters



2830 tons (normal) / 3940 tons (full load)



34 knots (63 km/h) maximal



3300 Nm (6100 km) at 20 knots (37 km/h) / 5000 Nm (9260 km) at 16 knots (30 km/h)






1 helicopter



4 x boilers
2 x geared steam turbines

70000 shp
2 shafts / 2 propellers



1 x Mk-13 single-arm missile launcher with 40 RIM-24 Tartar SAM

2 x 5/38 caliber (127mm) guns (1x2)

4 x Oto-Melara 76/62 Allargato guns (4x1)

2 x 21 (533mm) triple torpedo tubes (earlier)

2 x B-515/ILAS-3 12,75 (324mm) triple torpedo tubes (later)

2 x SCLAR chaff/flare decoy systems



AN/SPS-12 air search radar

AN/SPS-39 3D radar

AN/SPG-51 fire control radar

AN/SQS-23 sonar



impavido class destroyer armament 5"/38 127mm twin gun oto-melara 76/62 allargato gun b515 ilas-3 torpedo tubes mk-13 missile launcher rim-24 tartar sam sclar decoy system



The Impavido class were the second group of destroyers built for the Italian Navy (Marina Militare Italiana / MMI) after World War II and the first Italian Guided Missile destroyers.

Similar in performance to the American Charles F. Adams class, these ships were essentially improved Impetuoso class vessels, with the after gun-turret being replaced by a Mk-13 guided missile launching system (GMLS) for RIM-24 Tartar SAM and associated radar. Apart from the same main armament as that of the 'Adams', the emphasis of the weaponry was focused on anti-aircraft equipment, so the secondary armament was a battery of 76mm automatic guns fitted midships, not the ASROC missile. The 127mm guns remained. Torpedoes were the same as the wartime Mk 38, while the Adams had the newer Mk 42 which covered all the horizon thanks to their disposition, fore and aft.

These ships were important because they represented the first missile destroyers in the MMI and lasted in service for many years, even if they had not had any important update (making them progressively obsolescent). A characteristic of these ships were the superstructures, having a much less clean layout than other classes, with a double line of windows in the main turrion, similar to the Alpino frigates.


impavido class guided missile destroyer italian navy intrepido mk-13 launcher rim-24 tartar


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