SHAH ALAM: In a previous post, Malaysian Defence wrote about the 11 new ships the Philippines Navy is buying. Among the 11 ships are six OPVs which it is buying from South Korea.
On June 27, the Philippine government signed a contract with South Korean shipbuilder, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to construct six units of new build 2,400 ton Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) costing US$573 million or RM2.5 billion.
According to a HHI release:
The Philippine Navy OPV has a displacement of 2,400 tons, a length of 94.4 meters, a width of 14.3 meters, a maximum speed of 22 knots, a cruising speed of 15 knots, a range of 5,500 nautical miles and will be built at HHI’s Ulsan shipyard until 2028. The vessel is to be equipped with a 76mm main gun, two 30mm secondary guns, a helideck capable of operating a helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicles
From the above and the CGI of the ship, the OPV is basically similar to the requirements of the RMN’s LMS Batch II. It is not equipped with surface to surface missiles and a 3D radar though from the CGI it is equipped with twin VSHORAD launchers.
It must be noted that in late 2021, HHI also signed a contract with the Philippines to build two missile-armed corvette for US$547 million or MR2.4 billion. The two corvettes are 116 meters in length and 14.8 meters in width, with a displacement of 3,200 tonnes. They will be able to achieve a maximum speed of 25 knots with a travel range of 4,500 nautical miles. These ships are similar to the Jose Rizal class frigates (pictured above) – two already in service but slightly smaller.
It is likely that HHI could tweak the design to accommodate twin SSM launchers and other needs of the RMN for the LMS Batch II. That said it appears that HHI and its local agent were completely in the dark about the LMS Batch II as it came to the DSA 2022 promoting its MRSS option. Or perhaps it was thinking it had no chance for the smaller ship programme and decided that the MRSS was a better deal to pursue.
— Malaysian Defence
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