Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, announced today that it signed a contract to build two 2,600 ton frigates with the Department of National Defense, Republic of the Philippines.
The signing ceremony held in Manila, Philippines, was attended by Mr. Chung Ki-sun, executive vice president of Corporate Planning Office of HHI, Mr. Delfin Lorenzana, Philippines’ Defense Secretary and Mr. Kim Jai- shin, Korean Ambassador to Philippines and other guests.
The frigates will be designed to be a smaller light combatant and successor to the Incheon class frigate which is now in active service for Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) tailored to the requirement of the Philippine Navy (PN) with applying optimized range of good marine standard under naval rule from Lloyd Register, classification society.
The 351 feet/107 meter frigates to be propelled with CODAD (Combined Diesel and Diesel) propulsion system with maximum speed of 25 knots/29 mph/46 km/h can cover 4,500 nautical miles/5,178.5 miles/8,334 km range at cruising speed of 15 knots/17 mph/28 km/h. The naval vessels will inherit the enhanced survivability, seakeeping and maneuvering capability of her mother ship operable up to Sea State 5.
The frigates heavily armed with missiles, torpedo, guns and sensors controlled by the latest combat management system are capable of conducting Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Electronic Warfare (EW). The frigates are scheduled to be handed starting from 2020.
Since the delivery of the first Korean-built frigate ROKS Ulsan (FF-951) in 1980, HHI has played a pivotal role in the modernization of ROK Navy designing major warships. And evidently it now expands its service to worldwide navies with advanced, affordable warships.