PH Navy to order 6 more patrol vessels from South Korea

PH Navy to order 6 more patrol vessels from South Korea

 


Good News for our modernizing Philippine Navy(PN).

 

It was announced that the Philippines will order six offshore vessels from South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to boost its capability to protect national interests, particularly in the West Philippine Sea.

 

“I’m waiting for the Navy to finalize the terms of reference….We are close to issuing (the notice of award). I hope I can sign the contract before I leave office [on June 30]. The Navy has chosen Hyundai Heavy Industries to build the OPVs,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters on the sidelines of the Philippine Navy anniversary.


The HHI’s OPV offer is based on HDP-1500 Neo design. (HHI)
(photo to credit)


Hyundai’s OPV offer is based on the HDP-1500 Neo design, which was presented at the Asia Defense and Security 2022 exhibition held in Manila last month. With an overall length of 81 meters, a displacement of 1,700 tons and a maximum speed of 21 knots, the new patrol ships are expected to be armed with 76mm naval guns and autocannons in remote controlled weapon stations.

 

They will also have provisions for antiship missile launchers, torpedo launchers, and a short range air defense system. They are seen as a boost to the Navy’s inadequate fleet, which saw the decommissioning of World War II-era vessels starting in 2020 without immediate replacements. The ships will be delivered yearly in batches of two, with the first batch expected to arrive four years after the contract signing.


The South Korean government is expected to hand over an additional refurbished Pohang-class corvette with the purchase of the OPVs, said a security official with knowledge of the deal’s details but not authorized to speak to the media. The Navy is also awaiting the transfer of a decommissioned Pohang-class corvette after the Philippines ordered two corvettes from HHI in December.



 

 

 

 

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