04 September 2017

Discussion on Equipment for 2 PH Navy Missile Frigates Underway

04 September 2017

Artist's impression on PN new frigate (image : Alfredo Rosales)

MANILA -- Discussions are ongoing to determine what equipment and major systems are to be installed in two of the country's first-ever missile-capable frigates, Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado said.

"The frigate project is now on the planning stage. Discussions are ongoing to agree on equipment and major systems to be installed. After this, construction will start," Mercado said in a text message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) Friday when asked for updates on the Armed Forces’ modernization program.

Asked if this stage includes selection of weapons, propulsion and sensor systems for the two frigates, Mercado replied, "This stage involves everything about the ship."

The Navy chief, however, did not give specifics on when the discussions would conclude.

Mercado headed the technical working group that came up with the specifications of the country's first-ever missile-capable frigates.

Meanwhile, Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said the implementation of the country's frigate acquisition project has already begun and is proceeding as scheduled.

"Construction will commence in accordance with the timetable," he added.

On Oct. 24, 2016, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana formally inked the contract for the frigate acquisition program, together with officials of South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

The signing ceremony took place at the Navy headquarters in Naval Station Andrada, Roxas Blvd., Manila.

The project involves the construction and delivery of two missile-firing frigates to the Navy.

The Notice of Award was approved, issued and was duly conformed by HHI on Sept. 13, 2016 with the amount of USD336.91 million or PHP15.74 billion.

The project is worth PHP16 billion with another PHP2 billion allocated for the acquisition of assorted weapon systems and munitions. 


11 komentar:

  1. forget it about discusion.......focus on budget....and then...we talk about fitur

  2. 336USD for two ship? With that price, I don't think they will make any profit at all. I see why Hyundai want to downgrade some system of the ship. But the ship is really good looking except for that expose RHIB.

    1. Yup. Still it could just get any worser. I'm sure during the discussions HHI would propose far cheaper solutions for the sub systems. To me DND have the mindset of cheap and it works. Where the navy is professional and wants what they require not the best but one that can fufil their operational requirements and that is to protect the Phillippines minimally. It is a good start for a plan. We have to see when horizon 2 is completed and a horizon four in the works. Any idea how soon marky?

    2. as per sources, the agreements of both parties (HHI & DND/PN) regarding to what subsystems, weapons to be installed and the design must be completed within this month. after the construction will commence.

    3. Horizon 2 period between 2018 - 2022 and h3 between 2023 to 2028

  3. kri bima suci sudah berlayar menuju indonesia....sampai disini oktober

  4. some stupid people in the Department of National Defense has tolerated this Hyundai actions leaving the navy project in the hands of mercy of angels and demons

  5. Mending ambil corvet dari rusia dengan kemampuan kalibr.syukur dua kalau nggak bisa satu aja dulu.ada dana pesan lagi.lebih bertaring di banding fregat downgrade hyundai.

  6. Goodluck Philippines. Good choice Hyundai Heavy Ind. made and EU components.

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