01 Juli 2014
Two frigates worth P18 billion will be armed with a variety of weapons (photo : CARAT)
MANILA (PNA) -- Specifications of the two frigates worth P18 billion, which will be armed with a variety of weapons capable of dealing with surface, sub-surface and air threats, will be released by July.
This was confirmed by Philippine Navy technical working group head Commodore Roland Mercado in a text message to the Philippines News Agency on Monday.
"It (specifications) will be released this July. I'll just have to present it to the PN leadership to get their comments and approval," he added.
Mercado declined to give the frigates' specifications pending his presentation to Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Jesus Millan.
Earlier, two more foreign shipbuilders have joined the Navy's P18-billion frigate program. These are Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd. of India and STX France SA.
They were allowed to join in the bidding after their motions for reconsideration were considered by the Department of National Defense's Special Bidding Awards Committee.
They were earlier excluded from the project due to deficiencies in documentary requirements.
These companies now join Navantia Sepi (RTR Ventures) of Spain and South Korean firms STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd., and Hyundai Heavy Industries Inc. who successfully passed the first stage of the bidding.
Design assessments of the frigate proponents started last February.
Each bidder was given five working days to present its concept.
During this period, hull, power plant, communications, and weapon systems designs were scrutinized closely by the technical working group.