SHAH ALAM: The Joneses. The Philippines Navy(PN) is set to buy more ships – 19, according to the Inquirer newspaper. Eleven of these ships will be the Israeli-made Shaldag Mk. V missile boats, nine of which will be built there with another four to be built in the Philippines. The US$188 million deal for the 11 boats include the missiles which is likely be the Spike NLOS capable of hitting land and sea targets. The PN already operate a number of smaller patrol boats armed with the missiles.
According to the Inquirer:
the Department of National Defense (DND) is expected to soon sign contracts for two landing docks and six offshore patrol vessels costing an estimated P35 billion (US$660 million, RM2.9 billion).
The Navy is looking at the secondhand vessels while waiting for these new ships.
The new vessels, including those whose contracts were signed earlier, are expected in three to five years—quite late as replacements for the World War II-era ships that the Navy has been retiring since 2020.
An Indonesian shipbuilder has been chosen to supply the two landing docks, or landing platforms, for the Navy for P5.56 billion, according to a June 5 notice of award from the DND to PT Pal Persero. The contract is expected to be signed in the coming days or weeks
These ships would be used by the Navy for its amphibious landing missions and transport tasks.
They are expected to be improved versions of the Navy’s two Tarlac-class strategic sealift vessels—the BRP Tarlac (LD-601) and BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602)—which were also built by PT Pal Persero.
he Navy is also looking at secondhand vessels as it awaits the deliveries of the new ships.A Navy inspection team was recently in Bahrain to look at the US Navy’s offer of two used Cyclone-class patrol boats for transfer, or donation, to the Philippines, an official told the Inquirer.
The Navy is also expecting the transfer of a decommissioned Pohang-class corvette from South Korea in September, at the earliest. Seoul donated a similar ship three years ago, the former ROKS Chungu (PCC-672), now called the BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39).
The government will spend for the refurbishing of donated ships.
The Navy said it will receive the first of two new corvettes amounting to P25 billion ordered last December from South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries in 2024.
The same shipbuilder was chosen to build six offshore patrol vessels for the Navy for P30 billion. A notice of award and contract signing are expected to follow.
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Note the two LPD are basically the same design as the MRSS as offered by PT PAL to Malaysia, though the ones offered to us is a bit longer and higher tonnage. According to a Google check, the cost of the two LPD will be around $105 million or RM661 million. As for the six OPV it will be P30 billion (US$566 million or RM2.4 billion). This means this ships, will be much cheaper than our own LMS Batch II.
— Malaysian Defence