UK-based company Servowatch Systems has been contracted by Hyundai Electric to deliver and deploy its integrated platform management system (IPMS) for two of the Philippine Navy's newly built frigates.

The new vessels will be developed as part of the navy’s Future Frigate programme and manufactured at Hyundai’s Ulsan facility in South Korea.

The two new 114m-long naval ships are expected to be designed as a variant of Hyundai’s own HDF-3000 FFX-I multipurpose frigate.

Servowatch chief executive officer Wayne Ross said: “Servowatch has introduced its most powerful IPMS solution, allowing more commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product integration.

“It reduces platform cost, integration time and commissioning, whilst retaining the survivability and power of the original Servowatch product.”

The frigates will constructed based on specifications provided by Hyundai. They will feature a beam of 14m and a hull draught of 4m, and will have a standard displacement of approximately 3,000t.

The vessels will be able to accommodate engines in combined diesel (CODAD) or gas (CODOG) machinery arrangements.

"The two new 114m-long naval ships are expected to be designed as a variant of Hyundai’s own HDF-3000 FFX-I multipurpose frigate."

Servowatch Systems is also expected to supply IPMS control and monitoring packages for the frigates' propulsion plants, electric power plants, and auxiliary / ancillary systems as part of the second deal with Hyundai.

The scope of the project is also set to include the delivery of new battle damage control systems (BDCS) and on-board training systems (OBTS).

The company was previously selected by Hyundai Heavy Industries to deliver its IPMS solution for installation on-board the Royal New Zealand Navy’s maritime sustainment capability (MSC) tanker earlier this year.

Additionally, Servowatch Systems won a contract to deliver the system for the British Royal Navy’s initial three River-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) in January, as part of a separate development.

Image: Hyundai's HDF-3000 FFX-I Frigate is the basis for design of the new Philippine Navy vessels. Photo: courtesy of Servowatch.