South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) signed a contract with the Philippines, Department of National Defense, in building two 2,600t frigates for the Philippine Navy.
The new 107m-long frigates will be a smaller and light combatant version of the Incheon-class, currently being used by the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN).
The frigates will featured an enhanced survivability, seakeeping, and manoeuvering capability alike of the Incheon-class and will be designed to meet the requirements of the Philippine Navy.
The vessels will be built by applying an optimised range of good marine standard under naval rule from Lloyd Register, classification society.
The new frigates will be able to operate at a maximum speed of 25k and can cover a 4,500-nanometre range at a cruising speed of 15k, as it is propelled with combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) propulsion system.
Equipped with missiles, torpedo, guns and sensors controlled by the latest combat management system, it ca be deployed into missions conducting anti-air warfare, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and electronic warfare.
The company is expected to deliver new frigates to the Philippine Navy beginning 2020.