Test-firing of BRP Jose Rizal's main gun successful

Test-firing of BRP Jose Rizal's main gun successful

Good News for the Philippine Navy.

The country’s first missile frigate just had it test firing of its 76-mm main gun successful.

BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) had its main gun test fired off in South Korean waters, the Oto Melara Super Rapid main gun successfully went off during sea trials as per reports from PN representatives who witnessed the test, according to Philippine Navy (PN) public affairs office chief, Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas.

BRP Jose Rizal's is seen test-firing its 76mm Oto Melara Super Rapid main gun off South Korean waters
(photo credit to PNA)

"The recent one was yesterday (Wednesday) and that is our fifth sea trial. We conducted a structural test firing of our main gun (76mm Oto Melara Super Rapid SR main gun) with 12 rounds of ammunition. This is to check the effect of the main gun in the structure of the ship," Roxas said.
Roxas said the sixth sea trials involving the ship's combat systems (weapons and sensors), integrated platform management system and endurance test of the frigate will commence on February 17.
BRP Rizal has a maximum designed speed of 25 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots and a range of 4,500 nautical miles.

The sea trials are the last phase of construction prior to the frigate’s delivery to the Philippines scheduled tentatively in April or May this year.
BRP Jose Rizal is one of the two missile armed frigate that are being constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries for the Philippine Navy. The contract for the BRP Jose Rizal and its sister ship, the BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), is placed at PHP16 billion with another PHP2 billion for weapon systems and munitions.

These ships are capable of conducting anti-air warfare (AAW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and electronic warfare (EW) operations. 

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Report from PNA

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