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Italian ship Elettra (A5340)

Elettra A5340.jpg
Elettra A5340, October 2013, La Spezia
History
Italy
Name: Elettra
Ordered: 1999
Builder: Fincantieri - Cantiere Navale del Muggiano (La Spezia)
Laid down: 20 January 2001 [1]
Launched: 24 July 2002
Commissioned: 2 April 2003
In service: 1
Homeport: La Spezia
Identification: Pennant number: A 5340
Motto: Anima i silenzi aerei
Status: Active
General characteristics
Type: Auxiliary ship
Displacement:
  • 3,180 tonnes (full-load).[2]
  • 2,466 tonnes (empty)
Length: 93.5 m (306 ft 9 in)
Beam: 15.5 m (50 ft 10 in)
Draught: 4.83 m (15 ft 10 in)
Propulsion:
  • 2 x diesel-generators engines GMT-Wärtsilä CW 12V200 (2.200 kW each)
  • 2 x permanent magnetic electric engines ABB (1.500 kW each)
  • 2 x diesel-generators auxiliary engines Isotta Fraschini IF V1708T2 (770 kW each)[3]
  • 1 x emergency diesel-generator
  • 2 x propeller
  • 1 x bow thruster
Speed: 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph)
Range: 8,000 nmi (15,000 km; 9,200 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement:
  • 30 crew
  • 65 electronic technicians
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • 2 x navigation radar Kelvin Hughes Nucleus 6000 (X band)
  • EM Ship log
Armament: 2 × OTO Melara KBA 25/80 mm
Notes:
  • flight deck only for RPV
  • FLUME Passive stabilisation plant
  • 1 x 180 t/m crane
  • 1 x 55 t/m crane
  • 2 x cranes for service boats

Elettra (A5340) is an Italian Navy SIGINT vessel designated as 'Nuova Unità Polivalente di Supporto (NUPS).[4]
Designed to carry out research and surveillance activities, the vessel’s platform was developed from the RV Alliance built for NATO.
Her propulsion system, based on two permanent magnet electric engines, constitutes a technological breakthrough and she is the first surface vessel in the world to be powered by this type of engine. The main characteristics of this propulsion system are: high reliability, high efficiency, low maintenance and low underwater radiated noise[5]

Characteristics

The vessel is fitted with:

  • advanced electronic intelligence gear, including 27 various electronic and acoustic reconnaissance systems
  • submersible ROV, which can operate at a maximum depth of 1.000 meters
  • echo sounder
  • a rear flight deck can deploy unmanned aerial vehicles
  • 1 x compression chamber DRASS Galeazzi for 8 persons [6]

Ships

Units of the same class:

Pennant
number
Hull
number
Owner Laid Down Launched Commissioned Motto Note
Italian ship Alliance (A5345) A 5345 921 [7] NATO
operated by
Italian Navy
9 July 1986 6 May 1988 [8] about 50 Billions Lire contract
Ta Kuan AGS-1601 5942 [9] Taiwan Navy
October 1993 [10] 17 December 1994 [11] 26 September 1995 about 100 Billions Lire contract
Italian ship Elettra (A5340) A 5340 6080 [12] Italian Navy
March 2000 24 July 2002 2 April 2003 Anima i silenzi aerei About 139 Billions Lire contract [13]

References