PH Navy's OPVs gets much needed weapons upgrade

PH Navy's OPVs gets much needed weapons upgrade

The Philippine Navy has big plans for the Gregorio Del Pilar (GDP) class offshore patrol vessels(OPVs).

The much delayed weapons upgrade are now a reality for these workhorses of the Philippine Navy, as the PH Navy said they are in place.

"That will come later. Right now the (ongoing) del Pilar-class upgrade will involve the installation of (a) sonar (system), installation of (a) combat management system, and the installation of (an) air-search radar," Navy flag-officer-in-command, Rear Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, said
Currently the GDP OPVs are armed with a 76-mm. Oto Melara automatic cannon, 25-mm. and 20-mm. light cannons, and .50-caliber machine guns.

BRP Andres Bonifacio
(photo credit to owner)

Bacordo added that a sonar system would be useless if it is not augmented with a weapon system capable of prosecuting hostile submarine contacts.
"If you put on a sonar (system), what will (you use to prosecute) a submarine (contact)," he added.

The Gregoro Del Pilar -class upgrade program was awarded to the South Korean defense manufacturer Hanwha Systems Co., Ltd. and has a contract price of PHP1,304,200,000.
This seeks to beef up the three ships' electronic capabilities and make them more capable of patrolling and conducting inter-agency operations in the country's territorial waters. 

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