Home News 31. December 2019 PPA Dual Band Radar X/C development The PPA Programme integrated the first two X-Band fixed sensor arrays (faces) of the new Dual Band Radar (DBR) X/C at the test bed in Pratica di Mare airfield in time for the Christmas festivities. 15. June 2019 Launching ceremony of first PPA The launching ceremony of the first PPA was held on 15 June 2019 at Fincantieri Shipyard in Muggiano – La Spezia. 14. March 2019 4th PPA - First Steel Cutting The First Steel Cutting ceremony for the 4th Multipurpose Patrol Ship (PPA) took place on 14th March at Riva Trigoso Shipyard (Genoa), 6 months ahead of schedule.