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PPA - Pattugliatori Polivalenti d’Altura

The PPA Programme is an innovative multipurpose patrol ship programme for Italy. With their state of-the art design and technical features, these ships will meet today’s requirements of a modern Navy in various scenarios. 

These units, fully interoperable with NATO and EU partners, will be more versatile than the present generation of ships, benefiting from an extensive use of the modularity concept. They will be conceived since the beginning of the design phase with enhanced “dual use” features, fit for traditional military tasks and able to intervene also during peace time, supporting Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Assistance Operations (i.e. modular hospital, electrical power/drinkable water ashore and containers).
The PPA will have a smaller environmental footprint, by further reducing the polluting emissions, also by adopting new generation bio fuel and electric propulsion. Some characteristics deserve a special mention: very high speed, long endurance, resilience and seaworthiness, maneuverability, modularity, high level of integration/automation, in other words better suited to face the challenges of the 21st century. It will be able to rapidly intervene at long distances in a broad spectrum of emergency situations, becoming the backbone of the Italian Navy.

The PPA Programme includes Development and Production of 10 ships (seven plus an option for another three) and the In Service Support for ten years. The PPA ships will initially be delivered in a full (two ships) and a light configuration (five ships) in terms of different sensors and equipments embarked.

The delivery of the First of Class is planned in 2021 for the light configuration (FOC L) and 2024 for the full configuration (FOC F).

In 2015, the PPA Programme was integrated into OCCAR and the contract became effective.


PPA Participating State

PPA Technical Information

Overall length 124 m
Width 16 m
Displacement 4500 tonnes
Maximum speed > 32 knots
Autonomy 6000 NM at 15 knots
Crew 90 people
Accommodation up to 200 people
For further information about the PPA Programme, please contact the Programme Division or the Prime Contractor.