The Department of National Defense (DND) today, August 8 held the Submission, Opening of Bids and Evaluation (SOBE) for the Landing Dock Acquisition Project for the Philippine Navy.
However, according to MaxDefense Philippines, only Indonesia’s PT PAL (Persero) submitted a bid and was declared disqualified “for being not able to comply with the requirement to build one of the ships in the Philippines.”
The project involves acquisition of 2 units New Construction Landing Dock Vessels with Four (4) units Landing Craft Utility (LCU) and Four (4) units Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) with Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) for the Philippine Navy.
DND requires that at least one of two vessels will be built in the Philippines. The project has an approved budget for contract of PHP 5,560,000,000.00.
The Philippine Navy is currently operating two Tarlac-class landing platform docks, built by PT PAL in Indonesia, acquired under Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program First Horizon.