- Hyundai Heavy Industries has been selected to supply the Philippine Navy with two newbuilding frigates
- Programme will provide the Philippine Navy with its most modern surface combatant to date
South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has formally received a notice of award from the Philippine government to build two new frigates for the Philippine Navy (PN).
The notice, which indicates a contract price of PHP15,744,571,584 (USD337 million), was signed by Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and addressed to the senior general manager for HHI's special and naval shipbuilding division, Ki Yeong Sung.
The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) first launched the two-ship frigate acquisition programme in October 2013 to meet the PN's long-range maritime surveillance, patrol, and interdiction capabilities.
HHI pitched the company's HDF-3000 multipurpose frigate design, which has been used as the basis for the Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) Incheon (FFX-I)-class guided-missile frigates.
According to specifications provided by the company, the HDF-3000 design features an overall length of 114.3 m, an overall beam of 14 m and a hull draught of 4 m. The platform has a standard displacement of approximately 3,000 tonnes and can accommodate engines in combined diesel or gas (CODOG) machinery arrangements.
The HDF-3000 design has a maximum speed of 30 kt, and a standard range of 4,500 n miles at the cruising speed of 18 kt. In terms of armament, the platform can carry a 127 mm naval gun, two anti-surface missile launchers mounted diagonally amidship, two triple torpedo tubes, and associated fire control systems.
The PN's weapons wishlist for the warships is currently unknown but an updated list of requirements for the frigate acquisition programme released by the DND in early 2016 calls for no degradation of anti-air and anti-surface capabilities at Sea State 5, and no degradation of anti-submarine warfare capability at Sea State 4.
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