South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has signed a contract with the Department of National Defense, Republic of the Philippines to build two 2,600t frigates for the Philippine Navy.
The 107m-long frigates will be a smaller and light combatant version of the Incheon-class frigate that is currently being used by the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN).
The frigates will be designed to meet the requirements of the Philippine Navy and will feature enhanced survivability, seakeeping and manoeuvring capability of the Incheon-class.
With an operational survivability up to Sea State 5, the vessels will be built by applying an optimised range of good marine standard under naval rule from Lloyd Register, classification society.
Propelled with combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) propulsion system, the frigates will be able to operate at a maximum speed of 25k and can cover a 4,500-nanometre range at a cruising speed of 15k.
Equipped with missiles, torpedo, guns and sensors controlled by the latest combat management system, the new frigates can be deployed into missions such as conducting anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and electronic warfare.
The company is expected to begin delivery of the frigates to the Philippine Navy, beginning 2020.
Last year, HHI delivered the third Incheon-class guided-missile frigate RoKS Jeonbuk to the South Korean Navy and has played a major role in designing warships for the ROKN’s modernisation programme.
Image: Artist’s impression of the future frigate for the Philippine Navy. Photo: courtesy of Hyundai Heavy Industries.