The Lupo class
is a class of multipurpose frigates built for the Italian Navy. Constructed during the 1970s Italian Navlal build up, they were to complement the Anti-submarine focused Maestrale class by focusing on surface warfare. 18 were built, and served with the Italian, Peruvian, and Venezuelan navies. Four were ordered by Iraq in 1980 (the Soldati class), but were never delivered and were incorporated into the Italian Navy.