In 1974 the Italian Marina Militare commissioned the Sparviero fast attack patrol boat, the first of a class made up of 7 units, which had the main mission of attacking Soviet surface ships if they had entered the Mediterranean Sea in the event of war. Like its American contemporaries of the Pegasus class, its construction also suffered enormous delays, with 10 years passing between the delivery of the first ship and the last. The Sparviero class along with the Pegasus class were the only hydrofoil-type fast attack patrol vessels that entered service within NATO and their design served as the basis for the Japanese “PHM Ichi-go” class hydrofoil patrol vessels.

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Country of origin



Sparviero class: Fincantieri, La Spezia – Ichi-go class: Sumitomo shipyard, Uraga


Guided missile fast patrol ship

Entered service

Sparviero class: 1974 – Ichi-go class: 1993



Displacement, (full load)

Sparviero class: 62.50 tonnes – Ichi-go class: 50 tonnes (normal)

Dimensions (length x beam x draught)

Ichi-go class: 21.80 x 7.00 x 1.40 meters
Sparviero class: 22.95 x 7.01 x 1.87 meters

Power plant

Ichi-go class: 1 x General Electric LM500 gas turbine, 5,200 hp (hydrofoils navigation)
Sparviero class: 1 x Isotta Fraschini ID-38 N6V diesel engine, 160 shp (conventional navigation)
Sparviero class: 1 x Rolls-Royce Proteus 15M/560 gas turbine, 4,500 hp (hydrofoils navigation)

Shafts - Screws

1 shaft – 1 screw + 2 hydrojets


Ichi-go class: Max. 46 knots (85 km/h) on hydrofoils – 8 knots (15 km/h) conventional
Sparviero class: Max. 50 knots (93 km/h) – Cruise 45 knots (83 km/h) on hydrofoils – 8 knots (15 km/h) conventional


Ichi-go class: 360 n. miles (665 km) at 40 knots
Sparviero class: 450 n. miles (832 km) at 45 knots – 1,200 n. miles (2,220 km) at 8 knots


Ichi-go class: 1 x 20mm three-barreled Sea Vulcan rotary gun
Sparviero class: 1 x 76mm OTO-Melara rapid-fire dual-purpose gun

SSM launcher

Ichi-go class: 2 x twin Mitsubishi SSM-1B Type 90 anti-ship missile launchers
Sparviero class: 2 x single Otomat Mk.2 anti-ship missile launchers


Ichi-go class: 3 ships
Sparviero class: 7 ships ( Astore – Condor – Falcone – Gheppio – Grifone – Nibbio – Sparviero)