P30B offshore patrol vessel deal tinintahan ng DND, SoKor firm

P30B offshore patrol vessel deal tinintahan ng DND, SoKor firm

June 29, 2022 @ 8:34 AM 2 months ago


MANILA, Philippines – Tinintahan ng Department of National Defense (DND) at South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) ang P30 billion offshore patrol vessel (OPV) contract na naglalayong magbigay ng anim na OPVs sa Philippine Navy (PN).

Sa isang kalatas, sinabi ni Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong na nilagdaan nina Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at HHI vice chairperson at president Sam Hyun Ka ang nasabing kasunduan sa DND building sa Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

“The event was witnessed by South Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim In-cheol; General Andres Centino, Chief-of-Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines; Rear Admiral Caesar Bernard N. Valencia, Acting Flag-Officer-In-Command, PN; and other DND, AFP, and HHI officials,” dagdag na pahayag nito.

Sinabi ni Andolong, ang OPV project ay naglalayong paghusayin ang maritime patrol capabilities ng PN at isama ang technology transfer, partikular na ang human engineering operators a maintenance training ng equipment, operations training, technical publications, at manuals.

“In addition to this is a design ownership, granting the PN license to manufacture/build using the OPV’s design for the exclusive use of the Philippine government,” dagdag na pahayag nito.

Ang OPV project ay prayoridad sa ilalim ng Second Horizon of the Revised AFP Modernization Program, na inaprubahan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte noong May 2018.

“The two sides also signed a lifetime service support contract for the sustainment of the two Jose Rizal guided-missile frigates now in service in the PN, ” ayon kay Andolong.

“These planned OPVs measure 94.4 meters long, 14.3 meters wide, and gave a displacement of 2,400 tons, maximum speed of 22 knots, cruising speed of 15 knots, and a range of 5,500 nautical miles,” aniya pa rin.

Ang paunang pondo para sa OPV project ng PN na umabot na sa P3 billion ay ipinalabas ng Department of Budget (DBM) noong Hunyo 16 sa ilalim ng Special Allotment Release Order (SARO)-BMD-D-22-0004970.

Nauna rito, sinabi ni Lorenzana na ang South Korean shipbuilder ay pinili ng technical working group (TWG) ng PN para sa proyekto.

Inaasahan naman na papalitan ng OPVs ang World War II surface assets na “decommissioned” ng PN. Kris Jose