The pressing need for warships capable of carrying out a variety of defense missions made Philippine naval planners decide on a proposed frigate design capable of engaging air, surface and sub-surface targets.
Rear Admiral Roland Joseph Mercado, Western Command chief and head of the Philippine Navy (PN) technical working group head said there is nothing new on compressing three warfare requirements on the proposed frigates as it is the rule of thumb nowadays in warship design.
Some examples of multi-mission frigates include
Germany's Mekong class, Australia's Anzac, and Canada's
is in the market for two missile-capable frigates with a budget of PHP18
billion, with PHP16 billion going to the construction of the ship and PHP2
billion for its munitions. Philippines
Mercado declined to give exact specifics of the frigate program but said the two ship can "must steam in speeds in excess of 25 knots and can engage surface, air, and surface threats".
Aside from this, the ships must be also capable of helping in the PN's humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.
He expects the ships to be in service within three to four years.
Earlier, Mercado said representatives of the PN have visited and conducted post-qualification inspections on
's Hyundai Heavy
Industries (HHI), one of the proponents in the country's missile-capable
frigate project. South Korea
HHI was one of the six foreign shipbuilders who participated in the project when it formally opened for bidding sometimes in 2014. It is based in
Ulsan, South Korea
He added that post-qualification inspection on HHI is "very favorable" and said PN representatives focused on the proponent's capability to meet the project's "technical proposals and technical requirements".
Post-qualification inspections took place some three weeks ago, Mercado added.