Philippine Navy's First Missile-Armed Frigate Set for May 2019 Launch

The tough-talking President of the Republic, President Rody Duterte once promised during the campaign period that he will try to ensure a modern Armed Forces so the acquisition of the country's first missile-armed frigate is another proof that he is indeed fulfilling his promise to the people.

In an interview with the media, the Philippine Navy revealed that the country will launch the first-ever missile-armed frigate this coming May 2019. The Navy Frigate will arrive in the Philippines this coming May 17 to 19, 2019.

Philippine Navy Chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said he would be with Lorenzana in South Korea to witness the launching of the Philippine Navy Frigate which will be named BRP Jose Rizal. The frigate is being built by Hyundai Heavy Industries.

The P18-billion Navy Frigate project of the Duterte administration is considered as one of the military's most significant modernization projects in the Philippines. The project was awarded by the Philippine government to Hyundai Heavy Industries in October 2016.

The launching of BRP Jose Rizal will be followed by the keel-laying of the second missile-armed frigate BRP Antonio Luna, Empedrad said.

The first frigate is expected to be delivered by mid-2020 and the second one will be in early 2021.

The Philippine Navy ordered a class of two multi-mission capable frigates from South Korean shipbuilding company Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), under the Frigate Acquisition Project (FAP), which is aimed at protecting the country’s territorial waters.

The mission capabilities of the frigates include anti-air warfare (AAW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and electronic warfare.

The vessel’s hull and superstructures were built using marine-grade high-tensile metal to provide superior seakeeping ability. The ship is 107m-long and 12m-wide and has a displacement of 2,600t. It was designed with stealth characteristics to reduce its radar cross-section and infrared signature.

The Jose Rizal Class Frigate features a 21.8m-long and 13.5m-wide flight deck towards the stern with the ability to handle one maritime helicopter weighing up to 12t. A hangar was fitted to accommodate the helicopter.

Two rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIB) will be carried to conduct military and emergency operations at sea."The vessels will feature Safran Electronics & Defense’s PASEO NS (Naval System) electro-optical fire control system for surveillance, target designation, and fire control."

Source: PNA

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