French defense company opening office in Manila, eyes to supply submarines to Philippine Navy

Naval Group, a French naval systems provider and integrator, has said that it is opening a “representation office in the Philippines to be operated in Manila.” The French company is eyeing to supply the Philippine Navy with submarines under the Philippine government’s submarine project.

“We are the only provider with previous experience in helping a country develop a submarine force from scratch and we stand ready to assist the Philippines Navy by providing the submarines but also setting up the training, facilities and supply chain required to operate a fully operational submarine fleet,” Naval Group Senior Executive Vice President Development Alain Guillou said in a statement release by the company.

“The creation of the submarine force is a fantastic opportunity for us to develop long term partnerships with the local industry where there will be transferring of knowledge and technology that will also create hundreds of jobs for the program and beyond,” noted Anne Clausard, Country Head of Naval Group.

Naval Group said it “aims to bring to the Philippines its breadth of experience and unrivalled technical expertise in ships and submarines with combat systems and all critical equipment and services necessary to engage naval power in a theatre of operations.”

It noted that the “company’s portfolio opens many opportunities to address the entire range of Filipino naval needs from development of the naval forces to the constitution of a world-class submarine force.”