South Korean Hanwha to upgrade all 3 PH Navy's Del Pilar Class warships

South Korean Hanwha to upgrade all 3 PH Navy's Del Pilar Class warships




Good news for the Philippine Navy.

The three Philippine naval vessels comprising the Gregorio Del Pilar class  will finally have its much awaited upgrade.

The Gregorio Del Pilar class are the former US Coast Guard Hamilton class cutters, that was transferred to the Philippines.

BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15), BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16), 2 of the three Del Pilar class OPVs of the Philippine Navy (photo credit to owner)



These vessels are the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PS-15), BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16) and the BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS-17).

South Korean defense manufacturer Hanwha Systems Co., Ltd won the contract for the Philippine Navy’s Del Pilar Class Frigate Upgrade Project to beef up the ship’s electronic capabilities and patrolling operations, the Department of National Defense (DND) said 

"This is to inform you that the proposal of Hanwha Systems Co., Ltd. for the Del Pilar Class Frigate Upgrade Acquisition Project of the Philippine Navy, with a corresponding contract price of one billion three hundred four million two hundred thousand pesos (PHP1,304,200,000) is hereby accepted," DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in the NOA addressed company representative Kim Baeknyun.


The budget for this approved project is P1.5 billion which will be sourced from the Armed Forces of the Philippine Modernization Trust Fund.

The project will upgrade and enhance  the ship’s  combat management systems, electronic support and sonar capability to make it capable of operating with incoming and more modern naval assets like the two Jose Rizal-class missile frigates being completed by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea.




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Report from PNA

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