Almirante Padilla-class frigate

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) at Kiel, Germany. Two similar ships operates as the Kasturi-class corvettes in the Malaysian Navy.

Almirante Padilla-class frigate
Class Ship
Type Frigate
Manufacturer Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft
Production Period 1981 - 1983
Origin Colombia
Country Name Origin Year
Colombia 1983
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Colombia 1983 2015 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft 1981 1983 4 View
Almirante Padilla-class frigates
NamePennant numberBuilderLaid downLaunchedCommissionedFate
Almirante PadillaFM-51Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft,Kiel17 March 19816 January 198231 October 1983In active service
CaldasFM-5214 June 198123 April 198214 February 1984In active service
AntioquiaFM-5322 June 198128 August 198230 April 1984In active service
IndependienteFM-5422 June 198121 January 198327 July 1984In active service

Name: Almirante Padilla class
Builders: Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft(HDW)
Operators:  Colombian Navy
Built: 1981-1983
In commission: 1983-
Planned: 4
Completed: 4
Active: 4
General characteristics
Type: Frigate
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)
STING-EO Mk2
Terma Scanter 2001 X-band (after modernisation)
Atlas Elektronik ASO 4-2 (Hull Mounted)
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
VIGILE ESM
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-BlohmMBB Bo 105 CBS-5, or
1 × Eurocopter AS-555-SN Fennecfor over-the-horizon targeting

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