Launched in 1982, small frigates dedicated to anti-submarine role, the Maestrale-class of the Italian navy are still performing well. However, it is gradually being replaced by the FREMM multipurpose frigate, a stealth warship built by France and Italy.

Overview of the Maestrale-Class frigate

The Maestrale-class ship is equipped with a IPN20 command and control system developed by Alenia Marconi Systems (now Selex Sistemi Integrati).

F573 Scirocco

This ship is prone to anti-submarine warfare but in fact is a multitasking ship. To combat surface ships, Maestrale carries 4 OTOMAT / TESEO Mk 2 missiles. The range of this missile is about 160-200 km, the missile is fitted with a warhead of about 210kg.

Although the main task was anti-submarine warfare, the Maestrale-class ship had a good anti-aircraft capability due to its use of the Albatros missile system, which was later refitted with a more modern type – the medium-range version of the Aspide. The missile reload system is called Riva-Calzoni.

Onboard gun: Otobreda 127mm caliber mounted in the bow turret, with a rate of fire of 40 rounds / minute, a range of 30km.

Hangar enough room for 2 helicopters of this type.

The 27m-long helicopter landing deck is large enough for AB-212 submarine hunting helicopters type .

The ship is also equipped with two SCLAR rocket launch systems specialized to launch infrared (IR) bait to deceive incoming anti-ship missiles.

051130-N-7217H-015 Indian Ocean (Nov. 30, 2005) – The Italian frigate ITS Maestrale (F570) prepares to take-on fuel along side the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA 1) during an underway replenishment in the Indian Ocean. Tarawa is the flagship for Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1), currently on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Marvin Harris (RELEASED)

Despite being an old frigate, the quality of the Maestrale hulls is still very good, the proof is that the Italian Navy maintains four modernized Maestrale-class frigates until after 2024, meaning they will continue to serve for more than four decades. If the Philippine Navy acquires the Espero to coordinate with the two HDF-3000s that will be received in the near future, this will be a remarkable addition. Especially if the ship is upgraded before it is handed over, it will help the maritime potential of this Southeast Asian nation significantly increase compared to today.

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