Philippine Navy’s milestone
- April 10, 2018
The technical inspection and acceptance committee (TIAC) of the Frigate Acquisition Project has approved the Critical Design Review (CDR) of the FAP of the Philippine Navy (PN) on March 23.
The TIAC, led by Commodore Alberto Carlos, accepted 71 design drawings submitted by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).
The contract for frigate construction was awarded to HHI in October 2016. It was initially expected that the first of two ships could be delivered in 2020 but issues with the choice of a combat system supplier delayed the project by six months, possibly pushing the delivery timetable back.
“The next significant milestone will now be the ceremonial steel cutting which will likely be held on April 30, 2018 at HHI Complex, Ulsan, South Korea to be attended by a delegation from the Department of National Defense or the Philippine Navy to mark this important milestone,” the Navy said.
The new frigates are expected to be a variant on Hyundai’s own HDF-3000 FFX-I multipurpose frigate. According to specifications provided by Hyundai, the design features a length of 114m, a beam of 14m and a hull draught of 4m.
They are designed as a smaller version of the Incheon-class frigate which is already in service with the Republic of Korea Navy.
With a projected range of 4,500 nautical miles range at a cruising speed of 15 knots, the ships are to be operable up to Sea State 5.