PH's 2nd missile frigate launch set in September

PH's 2nd missile frigate launch set in September

The Philippine Navy (PN) is having the momentum it needs in terms of its modernization.

The country’s second missile frigate , the BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), will be formally launched next month.

"Our second frigate will be launched in September. By that time, the first frigate (BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) will be finished (fitting its equipment)," said Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad during an interview with reporters at the PN headquarters.

One of the two missile frigate being built by South Korea for the Philippines, BRP Jose Rizal (FF-15)
(photo credit to owner)

The launching ceremonies will take place at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea.

BRP Jose Rizal, the country’s first missile frigate was launched at the same facility last May 23

The first missile frigate (BRP Jose Rizal) is expected to be delivered to the country by April 2020 while the BRP Antonio Luna is scheduled for September of the same year.

The PHP16-billion contract for two missile-armed frigates with another PHP2 billion set aside for its weapon systems and munition, was signed by the Philippines and HHI.
Both frigates are armed as per agreement, with an Oto Melara 76mm Super Rapid main gun, an Aselsan SMASH 30mm remote-controlled secondary cannon, anti-submarine torpedoes, and anti-air and ship missiles.

The Jose Rizal-class frigates are also equipped with a Hanwha Systems' Naval Shield combat management system (CMS), which integrates all shipboard sensors and weapons and decides on which is ideal to deal with any incoming threats.
This system can also detect and track air, surface and sub-surface targets and is used in various configurations by the Republic of Korea Navy, Royal Malaysian Navy and the Indonesian Navy.

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Report from PNA

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