Sea Platforms

Philippines seeks new LPDs optimised for assault craft operations

18 June 2019

Key Points

  • The Philippine government is acquiring two more landing platform dock vessels for the country's navy
  • At least one vessel in this contract must be constructed in-country, in partnership with a local shipyard

The Philippine government has issued bidding documents for two new landing platform docks (LPDs), with a specific emphasis on assault craft operations.

The approved budget for the acquisition is PHP5.56 billion (USD107 million), including a provision for four organic landing craft utility (LCU) vessels, four rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs), and an integrated logistics support package.

According to specifications released by the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND), the two new LPDs must each displace at least 7,200 tonnes, with an overall length of at least 120 m and an overall breadth of at least 21 m.

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