SEA to supply torpedo launcher systems for new Philippine Navy frigates


SEA has secured a contract from South Korean company Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to deliver its latest torpedo launcher systems (TLS) for two new frigates, which are being constructed for the Philippine Navy.

The deal will see the company supply systems similar to the ones currently in service with the British Royal Navy and also being delivered to the navies of Malaysia and Thailand.

The SEA TLS allows operators to configure a ship's firing mechanism to accommodate any Nato standard lightweight torpedo, and also offers the option of switching torpedoes during the vessel's lifecycle.

It features port and starboard triple tubes on a rotating base and uses composite materials to achieve extended equipment lifespans and low signature levels.

The modern electronics are designed to ensure easy integration with the combat system and can be used in an independent capacity.

"We are established as the leading contemporary supplier of such systems to South East Asia, and the proven capability of our launchers offers exciting opportunities in other regions."

SEA managing director Steve Hill said: “This latest export success again demonstrates the high regard navies hold for our TLS technology.

“We are established as the leading contemporary supplier of such systems to South East Asia, and the proven capability of our launchers offers exciting opportunities in other regions of the world.”

The equipment is set to be manufactured at the company’s Barnstaple facility in Devon, UK.

SEA is also expected to provide a broad range of installation and through-life support services to the Philippine Navy as part of the arrangement, in order to ensure the system's successful acceptance and integration.

The first consignment of equipment is currently slated for delivery to HHI for late next year.