The Philippines Department of National Defense has awarded a contract to MBDA France to supply surface-to-air missiles for two 2,600t frigates currently under construction.
MBDA France secured the contract after the department accepted its bid to supply the surface-to-air missiles for PHP639.26m (€10.69m).
In a notice, Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was quoted by the Philippine News Agency as saying: “This is to inform you that the proposal of MBDA France for the Acquisition of Frigate Lot 2 (Missiles and Munition), Lot 2B Surface-to-Air Missile Project of the Philippine Navy, with a corresponding contract price in the amount of €10.69m is hereby accepted.”
Earlier, the Department of National Defense Bids and Awards Committee 1 passed a resolution that declared MBDA France’s proposal as the ‘Single Calculated and Response Quotation for the Acquisition of Frigate Lot 2 (Missiles and Munition), Lot 2B Surface-to-Air Missile Project and Recommending the Issuance of a Notice of Award in its favour’.
In October 2016, South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) signed a PHP16bn ($305.73m) contract to build two missile-armed frigates for the Philippine Navy (PN). The contract also includes PHP2bn ($38.22m) for the weapon systems and munition.
According to PN flag-officer-in-command vice-admiral Robert Empedrad, the construction of the first missile-armed frigates is continuing as planned.
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Empedrad stated that the first frigate is expected to be delivered by March next year.
Delivery of the second warship is anticipated in 2021.
HHI performed the keel-laying for the first-missile-armed frigate in October last year in Ulsan, South Korea.
The second frigate’s keel will be laid during the first quarter of this year. Acquisition of the 107m-long vessels is expected to help the country secure its territorial waters.
HHI is building the vessels as a smaller and light combatant version of the Incheon-class multi-purpose frigate. The new frigates will offer enhanced survivability and manoeuvring capability.