Lorenzana : PH Navy eyes French-made Scorpene submarine

Lorenzana : PH Navy eyes French-made Scorpene submarine




The Philippines is dead serious in considering to add a submarine in its naval inventory.
This after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana  admits that the Philippine Navy is looking closely the French made Scorpene diesel-electric powered submarine, made by French defense contractor Naval Group (formerly DCNS), as one of the possible submersible platforms for its submarine arm.
"Yes, the Scorpene is one of the platforms being evaluated by the PN," Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
French made Scorpene disel-powered submarine
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The defense secretary is scheduled to visit five European countries –Portugal
France, Czech Republic, United Kingdom,and Spain.
But one of the highlight of the visit is checking the diesel powerd Scorpene class of submarines when they reach France.
The Scorpene-class submarine features a diesel and an additional air-independent propulsion. The vessel can be armed with a variety of mines, torpedoes and missiles for a variety of missions. It also has a top speed of 20 knots.
Lorenzana is eyeing a government to government procurement scheme whenever the Philippines decides to pursue its Philippine Navy submarine acquisition program.
The Defense Secretary will also look into the other submarine proposals of other countries namely those made from -  Russia, South Korea, and  Germany for the submarine acquisition program.



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Report from  PNA

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