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[*] posted on 24-10-2019 at 09:18 AM


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MaxDefense believes that a contract signing is imminent between the Department of National Defense and Australian shipbuilder Austal to build and deliver six 83-meter Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Philippine Navy. These would be built in Austal's shipyard in Balamban, Cebu.

Looks like the DND did get the nod from Pres. Duterte to proceed with a soft loan agreement with the Australian government. The project is being position as a G2G deal between PH and AU.

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[*] posted on 24-10-2019 at 09:28 AM


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MaxDefense Philippines

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MaxDefense believes that a contract signing is imminent between the Department of National Defense and Australian shipbuilder Austal to build and deliver six 83-meter Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Philippine Navy. These would be built in Austal's shipyard in Balamban, Cebu.

Looks like the DND did get the nod from Pres. Duterte to proceed with a soft loan agreement with the Australian government. The project is being position as a G2G deal between PH and AU.



Yum. Sounds like a sweet deal. :smilegrin:
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[*] posted on 6-11-2019 at 10:56 AM


Launching of Second Missile Frigate Set for Nov. 8

(Source: Philippine News Agency; issued November 05, 2019)

MANILA --- The launching ceremony for the country's second missile-frigate, the BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), will take place at the shipyard of South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in Ulsan on November 8.

This was disclosed by Philippine Navy (PN) public affairs office chief, Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas, when sought for updates on the vessel, the sister ship of BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) launched last May 23 in the same facility.

"As per schedule, November 8 is launching of (BRP Antonio Luna) in Ulsan," she said in a message to the Philippine News Agency Monday.

Expected in the event are PN flag-officer-in-command, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, and other ranking naval officers.

BRP Antonio Luna is named after the Filipino revolutionary general known for his stiff resistance to the then invading American forces.

The Philippines and HHI signed a PHP16- billion contract for two missile-armed frigates with another PHP2 billion set aside for its weapon systems and munition in October 2016.

BRP Jose Rizal is expected to be delivered to the PN by April 2020 while the BRP Antonio Luna is scheduled for September of the same year.

The steel-cutting for BRP Jose Rizal took place on April 1, 2018 while the same ceremony for BRP Antonio Luna transpired on November the same year. These events officially signified the start of the actual construction of the frigates.

Meanwhile, the keel-laying ceremony for BRP Jose Rizal took place in October 2018 as the formal recognition of the start of the ship’s construction.

Keel-laying refers to the official start of the construction of any ship and is considered among the four highlights of any surface vessel with the other three being steel-cutting, commissioning, and decommissioning.

Both ships are armed with Oto Melara 76-mm Super Rapid main gun, and Aselsan SMASH 30-mm remote-controlled secondary cannon, anti-submarine torpedoes, anti-air and ship missiles.

The Jose Rizal-class frigates of the PN 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.

The 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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[*] posted on 9-11-2019 at 01:34 PM


Hyundai, Philippines to co-operate on navy projects

Jon Grevatt, Bangkok - Jane's Defence Weekly

08 November 2019

Nothing like sole=sourcing your warships from Korea! Sheesh!!! :no:

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and the Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) have signed an agreement to expand collaboration on meeting the future requirements of the Philippine Navy (PN).

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on 8 November at the launch ceremony of the PN’s second HHI-constructed José Rizal-class frigate in Ulsan, South Korea. The first-in-class vessel was launched by HHI at the same location in May.

In a press release to publicise the launch, South Korea’s military procurement and export agency – the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) – said HHI and the DND also signed an MOU that “reaffirms [the two sides’] commitment to defence co-operation and [to prepare] opportunities to increase the possibility of future orders [of naval vessels]”.

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[*] posted on 26-11-2019 at 10:06 AM


Missile Frigate BRP Jose Rizal to Conduct Sea Trials

(Source: Philippine News Agency; issued Nov. 22, 2019)


The first of two missile frigates built for the Philippines Navy by Hyundai Heavy Industries, the BRP Jose Rizal, has begun her builder’s sea trials in South Korean waters. (PH Navy photo)

MANILA --- The BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), the Philippine Navy (PN)'s first-ever guided-missile frigate, will be undergoing various sea trials from November 23 to 27.

Navy public affairs office chief, Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas, in a statement Thursday night, said the sea trials will be conducted by the technical crew of South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

The 107.5-meter long frigate will sail towards the open waters off Ulsan, Busan, and Mokpo in South Korea to measure its performance and general seaworthiness.

Representatives from international provider of classification, compliance and consultancy services to the marine industry, Lloyd's Register of Shipping will witness the activity to ensure that the ship’s construction has met the required standards.

Roxas said the sea trials are the last phase of construction prior to the frigate’s delivery to the Philippines scheduled tentatively in April or May 2020.

This will take place six months after the vessel was launched at the HHI shipyard for the first time at HHI shipyard in Ulsan last May 23.

"The PHP8-billion warship is a big-ticket acquisition of the Armed Forces of the Philippines that is poised to be the benchmark of PN’s transformation journey," she said.

Incidentally, BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), the sistership of BRP Jose Rizal, was launched in the same facility last November 8.

The contract for the two ships 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. It is fully equipped with Surface-to-Air and Surface-to-Surface Missiles, torpedoes, launchers, and weapon systems.

The activity signifies that the PN is inching closer to its dream of acquiring highly capable warships.

Its crew and maintenance personnel are currently undergoing training in the Republic of Korea.

Roxas said the BRP Jose Rizal provides leverage for the Navy’s bid of becoming a stronger and more credible force that the Philippines as a maritime nation can be proud of.

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[*] posted on 24-12-2019 at 02:53 PM


Non-Binding PHL-France LoI on Defense Cooperation May Pave Way for Submarine Purchase (excerpt)

(Source: Business Mirror; published Dec. 19, 2019)

By Rene Acosta

The initial steps between Manila and Paris to forge a maritime defense cooperation could bolster the initiative of the Duterte administration to secure submarines for the Philippine Navy, with France as the possible supplier.

While Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana said that the Letter of Intent (LOI) on Enhancing Defense Cooperation in the Maritime Domain that he signed with his French counterpart Florence Parly was still non-binding, he understood that France is among the list of countries being evaluated as the source of submarines for the Philippines.

The intent agreement was signed during Lorenzana’s visit to France early this month from South Korea, where he and President Duterte attended the Asean-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit held in late November.

“It was still an intent, nonbinding, but good enough to start planning. What would be binding is the contract,” the defense chief said of the agreement he inked with Parly, France’s defense minister.

“They were selling to us submarines, the Scorpene. According to the Navy, it’s one of the best submarines,” Lorenzana added on Tuesday night. (end of excerpt)

Click here for the full story, on the Business Mirror website.

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2019/12/19/nonbinding-phl-fran...

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[*] posted on 20-1-2020 at 08:35 PM


Philippine Navy could acquire 8 Israeli Shipyard Shaldag-class patrol boats

Posted On Saturday, 18 January 2020 09:20

According to news published on the POLITIKO website on January 16, 2020, the Philippine Navy (PN) could acquire eight Israeli Shipyard Ltd Shaldag-class patrol boats to replace the “PKMs” used for maritime interdiction operations.


Shaldag-class patrol boat (Picture source Israel Shipyards)

According to Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad of the Philippine Navy, the procurement project was already approved by President Rodrigo R. Duterte during a recent command conference. Four of the “Shaldag” patrol boats will be built in Israel while the remaining four will be constructed in the Philippines.

The PKM is a Chamsuri-class patrol vessel that entered in service with the Republic of Korea Navy in the 1970s and has since seen service with three other navies, of which the Philippine Navy is currently the largest import user. At least eight PKMs were transferred to the Philippines. The first five, PKM 225, 226, 229, 231, and 235, were transferred in 1995. Four were commissioned the following year, with one (ex-PKM 235) cannibalized for spare parts. Another unit was transferred in 1998. An additional two ships, PKM 223 and PKM 232, were acquired in 2006.

The PKM patrol vessel is armed with one Bofors 40 mm gun, 2 × Sea Vulcan 20mm Gatling guns and 2 × 12.7mm machine guns. It has a crew of 30 people, including a commanding officer, four officers and 20 sailors.

The Shaldag-class patrol boat is a small but fast class of patrol boats developed for the Israeli Navy and launched in 1989, it has since seen service with several other navies.

The Shaldag-Class fast patrol boats can be armed with a 23mm-25mm TYPHOON automatic gun, two 12.7mm or 7.62mm MINI-TYPHOON heavy machine guns, and other manually operated guns of similar configuration. It can also carry up to eight short-range anti-ship missiles to engage targets at sea or on the coastline.

The Shaldag-Class is powered by two independently operated MTU diesel engines of 16V2000 or 12V4000 type. The engines propel two MJP 550DD or 650DD water jets. It has a maximum speed of 45kt.
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[*] posted on 20-1-2020 at 08:38 PM


SHALDAG V's are what are being sought, and G-to-G discussions have been ongoing since last year.

Four vessels to be built in Israel, whilst the other four are to be built in a Naval (small-ish) Yard in the Philippines.

Almost certainly they will be Armed with SPIKE-ER, as well as 25-30mm RCW cannon in the bow, and .50cals elsewhere.
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[*] posted on 21-1-2020 at 01:43 PM


Philippines developing remote weapon station for naval vessels

Marhalim bin Abas, Kuala Lumpur - Jane's Defence Weekly

20 January 2020

The Philippines is developing its own remote weapon station (RWS) for potential use on its warships and patrol vessels.

The RWS is being developed by the Philippine Navy (PN), the Department of Science and Technology's Metals Industry Research and Development Centre, and the Mechatronics and Robotics Society of the Philippines.


An AN/M2 .50 calibre machine gun mounted on the RWS being developed by the Philippines for fitting onto its naval vessels. (Via Philippine DND)

Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana soft-launched the project, which is called 'Building a Universal Mount for Heavy-Barrel Automated Weapon Integration' (BUHAWI), on 7 January at the Force Reconnaissance Firing Range, Marine Base Gregorio Lim, in Ternate, Cavite, near Manila.

The project is aimed at enabling accurate firing of the M2 .50 calibre machine gun from the RWS on various PN vessels.

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Philippine Navy chief singles out Subic Bay as possible future submarine base

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

24 January 2020

The Philippine Navy’s flag-officer-in-command, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, has singled out the site currently occupied by Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Philippines) in Subic Bay as a possible location for the country’s submarine base.

"Once there's a contract [for the country's future submarines], the buyout is completed, then we will [use part of the site of] Hanjin to provide housing for our submarines,” Vice Adm Empedrad told reporters in comments published by the official Philippine News Agency (PNA) on 21 January.

The depth of the water at the location has been assessed as suitable for submarine basing, and the service is looking to construct finger piers for this purpose, the vice-admiral added.

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Thai partnership looks to meet Philippine OPV requirement

Jon Grevatt, Singapore - Jane's Defence Industry

10 February 2020


Thailand’s Bangkok Dock and Defence Technology Institute (DTI) have teamed up to offer the Philippines a 90 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV), with a design similar to the Royal Thai Navy’s HTMS Krabi (pictured here). Source: BAE Systems

Naval shipbuilder Bangkok Dock and the Thai Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence Technology Institute (DTI) have signed an agreement to collaborate on meeting a requirement in the Philippines to procure offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), Jane’s has learned.

Under the memorandum of agreement (MOA), which reflects growing efforts to expand defence industrial collaboration across Southeast Asia, the Thai partners will look to position for the Philippine Navy (PN) a modified version of the 90 m OPV that Bangkok Dock is building for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN).

This vessel is based on BAE Systems’ 90 m OPV, the design for which the RTN acquired from the UK-headquartered defence group in 2009.

According to a statement provided to Jane’s, the Bangkok Dock-DTI MOA will support the implementation of the OPV project with the PN acting as project administrator. The MOA was signed in Bangkok in January by Air Chief Marshal Preecha Pradabmook, the Director General of the DTI, and Rear Admiral Ake Sarasas, the Managing Director of Bangkok Dock.

With work undertaken at the RTN’s Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard in Sattahip, Bangkok Dock commissioned the first 90 m OPV for the RTN in 2013, and the second was launched in September 2019. Contracts to build additional vessels for the RTN are expected in the next few years. Versions of the River-class OPV are also in service with the UK Royal Navy and the Brazilian Navy.

The Philippine Navy (PN) has outlined a requirement to procure six OPVs, although follow-on orders are expected over time. The OPV procurement was approved by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in June 2018, with a budget of about PHP30 billion (USD577 million).

To meet the PN requirement, Bangkok Dock and the DTI are proposing an OPV design similar to vessels being acquired by the RTN.

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[*] posted on 11-3-2020 at 12:48 PM


The Philippine Navy’s first Missile-capable frigate, BRP Jose Rizal

Posted On Tuesday, 10 March 2020 15:22

The Philippine Navy’s first Missile-capable frigate, BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), is a few steps away from delivery next month. Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, Navy chief, told reporters on March 10, that they were waiting for a certification on the combat management system,”.


BRP Jose Rizal FF-150 multi-role frigate of the Philippine Navy during sea trials (Picture source: Philippine Navy)

The Philippine Navy’s first Missile-capable frigate, BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), is a few steps away from delivery next month. Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, Navy chief, told reporters on March 10, that they were waiting for a certification on the combat management system,”.

The contract has been signed between the Philippine's Department of National Defense and Philippine Navy high command officials, Hyundai Heavy Industries executives, and the South Korean ambassador to the Philippines on October 24, 2016, at the Headquarters, Philippine Navy in Roxas Boulevard, Manila.

The Jose Rizal-class frigate is a class of two multi-role semi-stealth frigates built for the Philippine Navy, the ships are the derivatives of HDF-3000 frigate design (officially known as HDF-2600 Frigate Design) from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) with design specifically accommodated to fit the requirements of the Philippine Navy.

The second vessel, the BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151), is expected to be delivered by September or October this year.
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[*] posted on 11-3-2020 at 12:52 PM


Note the comment "first Missile-capable frigate".....that's because they haven't chosen or ordered any missiles yet!

They have French short-range naval derivatives of their hand-held missile system on order, but the VLS in the front? Nada yet!
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