There is a possibility that the Philippine Navy will have its first submarine in around 5 years if the submarine acquisition program will go smoothly following the timeline given National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
Secretary Lorenzana said the Philippines is currently looking for possible suppliers for Philippine Navy’s submarine acquisition program.
The government is looking at suppliers from Russia and other countries like France.
The defense chief also said that Russia is willing to provide the Philippines with soft loan, which may have manageable payment terms, for the submarine program.
“Kung wala tayong pera pahihiramin tayo ng Russia, soft loans,” Lorenzana said.
If the Philippines accepts the offer of Russia, the Philippine Navy will have the Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine.
“Maybe within the year, maybe within the next 12 months. Maybe we could finalize this. If this is approved, it will take them four years to make it, so it could be delivered when the term of [President Rodrigo Duterte] already ended,” Secretary Lorenzana said.