Almirante Padilla-class frigate

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Class overview
Builders: Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW)
Operators:  Colombian Navy
General characteristics
Displacement: 2,100 tons loaded
Length: 99.1 m (325 ft)
Beam: 11.3 m (37 ft)
Draft: 3.7 m (12 ft)
Propulsion: 2 shaft, 4 MTU 20V 1163 TB92 Diesels 23,400 hp (17,400 kW)
Speed: 27.0 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph)
Range: 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 km; 8,055 mi) at 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Complement: 92
Sensors and
processing systems:
SMART-S ( Mk2 version)

Terma Scanter 2001 X-band (after modernisation)[1]

Atlas Elektronik ASO 4-2 (Hull Mounted)
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
1 × Terma SKWS double mounting
Armament: 16 SSM-700K Hae Sung I (Sea Star) anti-ship missiles
2 × Simbad SAM
1 × OTO Melara 76 mm/62 cal Strales compact
1 × Breda twin 40 mm /70
6 × 324 mm Mk 32 (2 triple) tubes
DART 76 mm Oto Melara guided ammunition
Aircraft carried: 1 × Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm MBB Bo 105 CBS-5, or
1 × Eurocopter AS-555-SN Fennec for over-the-horizon targeting

The Almirante Padilla-class frigate is a group of frigates operated by the Colombian Navy. The designation of this class is Type FS 1500 and there are 4 ships in service. The ships were built by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) in Kiel, Germany. Two similar ships operates as the Kasturi class frigates in the Malaysian Navy.




The Almirante Padilla Class is powered by a CODAD propulsion system, provided by four MTU diesels driving two shafts and developing 23,400 hp driving two Controllable Pitch propellers. This gives a maximum speed of 28 knots, and a range of 7,000 nm at 14 knots.




The Almirante Padilla Class does not have a hangar facility, and thus does not have an embarked helicopter. The landing platform aft is suitable for an Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm MBB Bo 105 CBS-5 or the Eurocopter AS-555-SN Fennec for over-the-horizon targeting.

Orion Program Upgrade[edit]

Thales Group.

January 2012, Thales Group delivers the first upgraded Almirante Padilla class frigate to the Colombian Navy.

Equipment upgrades include:

  • Smart-s Mk2 radar
  • TACTICOS combat system
  • Sting-EO Mk2 naval fire control tracking system
  • MIRADOR electro-optical multi-sensor surveillance, tracking and fire control system
  • Vigile Radar Electronic Support Measures (RESM) system
  • TERMA SKSW DL-12T decoy system
  • MTU M-93 engines
  • New communication systems

In addition, OTO Melara DART ammunition and 16 SSM-700K Hae Sung I (Sea Star) anti-ship missiles were ordered.[2] In september 2014, Colombia fired the DART guided ammunition from the Oto Melara 76 mm strales.[3]


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External links[edit]

Media related to Almirante Padilla class frigate at Wikimedia Commons