Oto Melara 76mm Rapid Gun for the brand new PH Frigates

Oto Melara 76mm Rapid Gun for the brand new PH Frigates

The two Jose Rizal class frigates in Korea will be fitted with the necessary and modern munitions not only to defend itself but to be a Philippine  Navy vessel which can demand respect from its peers in the region.
Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Captain Jonathan Zata just revealed that the two brand new frigates will be fitted with the Oto Melara 76mm Super Rapid Gun which is an ideal weapon for the newly-launched BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), the country's first ever missile-armed frigate.

Oto Melara 76mm Rapid Gun (photo credit to owner)

The Oto Melara 76mm Rapid Gun has a high rate of fire and the ability to shoot down air targets like missiles.
"It (the gun) is capable of intercepting air targets to include missiles using special munitions," the Navy spokesperson told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
Also, the Super Rapid Gun has a faster rate of fire, around 120 rounds per minute, compared to the current 76mm guns in the Philippine Navy inventory which is only 80 rounds per minute.
These slower-firing 76mm guns are fitting for the three Del Pilar-class offshore patrol vessels (the former US Coast Guard Cutters and three Jacinto-class patrol vessels.

Having the Super Rapid Gun fitted to BRP Jose Rizal and the BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) -- currently being built in South Kores -- is ideal as PN personnel are already trained in the maintenance of 76mm guns and compatible with the current munition inventory.
"(And the Super Rapid Gun is) within Approved Budget Contract for the (frigates' weapons systems)," Zata said.
The Philippines and South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) signed a PHP16-billion contract for two missile-armed frigates with another PHP2 billion set aside for its weapon systems and munition in October 2016.

The two frigates, aside from the Oto Melare 76mm Super Rapid Gun will also be armed with an Aselsan SMASH 30mm remote-controlled secondary cannon, anti-submarine torpedoes and anti-air and ship missiles

The ships measure 351 feet long and 46 feet wide and have a maximum speed of 25 knots and can travel up to 4,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 15 knots and can sustain operational presence for 30 days. It is also capable to withstand rough sea conditions up to Sea State 7.
"Each frigate has a complement of more than 100 officers and crew. It has a flight deck located at the stern with the ability to handle one maritime helicopter weighing up to 12 tons. Two rigid-hulled inflatable boats will be carried to conduct military and emergency operations at sea," Zata added.

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Report from PNA

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