Almirante Padilla-class frigate
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|Name:||Almirante Padilla class|
|Builders:||Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW)|
|Operators:||Colombian National Navy|
|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)|
The Almirante Padilla-class corvette is a group of corvette 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) at Kiel, Germany. Two similar ships operates as the Kasturi-class corvettes 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 horsepower (17,400 kW) driving two Controllable Pitch propellers. This gives a maximum speed of 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph), and a range of 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 km; 8,100 mi) at 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph).
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 a Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm MBB Bo 105 CBS-5 or the Eurocopter AS-555-SN Fennec for over-the-horizon targeting.
Orion Program Upgrade
The equipment upgrades included:
- 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. In September 2014, Colombia fired the DART guided ammunition from the Oto Melara 76 mm Strales. The testing was performed aboard Caldas.
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|Almirante Padilla-class corvettes|
|Name||Pennant number||Builder||Laid down||Launched||Commissioned||Fate|
|Almirante Padilla||FM-51||Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft, Kiel||17 March 1981||6 January 1982||31 October 1983||In active service|
|Caldas||FM-52||14 June 1981||23 April 1982||14 February 1984||In active service|
|Antioquia||FM-53||22 June 1981||28 August 1982||30 April 1984||In active service|
|Independiente||FM-54||22 June 1981||21 January 1983||27 July 1984||In active service|
- "Armada Nacional Compró Misiles Coreanos "C-Star" Para Equipar Sus Corbetas Misileras" (in Spanish). webinfomil.com. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
- Scott, Richard (17 September 2014). "Colombia conducts first DART firings". Jane's.com. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
- Gardiner and Chumbley, p.69
- Colombia: Seguridad & Defensa www.fuerzasmilitares.org
- Gardiner, Robert; Chumbley, Stephen & Budzbon, Przemysław (1995). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7.
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