South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has contracted Kelvin Hughes to supply its I-band and E/F-band SharpEye navigation radars, along with associated bridge displays, for two new frigates that will be delivered to the Philippine Navy (PN).
HHI signed a PHP15,744,571,584 (USD307 million) contract with the Philippine government in 2016 to supply the PN with two 2,600-tonne frigates that derive its design from the Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) Incheon (FFX-I) class.
Like the South Korean warships, the Philippine frigates are also expected to incorporate low observable features into its design. “The vessels will be further complemented by the low radar cross section [RCS] design of the upmast SharpEye radar sensor carbon fibre housing and antenna turning unit,” said Kelvin Hughes in a statement on the system’s selection.
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