South Korean Hanwha upgrading Navy’s Del Pilar-class ships

The Department of National Defense (DND) has awarded South Korean firm Hanwha Systems a contract worth PHP1,304,200,000.00 for the Del Pilar-class ship upgrade project.

The Philippine Nay is operating three Del Pilar-class offshore patrol vessels: BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PS-15), BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16), BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS-17).

National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana signed the Notice of Award (NOA) on August 6, 2019. The NOA was conformed by Hanwha on August 15.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) approved and released a Special Allotment Release Order (SARO-BMB-D-19-0008070) with amount of PHP3,875,727,389.00 on July 26 for three projects under Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program which include the PHP1,304,200,000.00 for the said upgrade project.

According to MaxDefense Philippines, the project involves: Supply and Installation of a new Combat Management System (CMS), Hull Mounted Sonar (HMS), and Radar Electronic Support Measures (R-ESM); and System Integration of Supplied Equipment with the Government Supplied Equipment, which includes the Saab AN/SPS-77 Sea Giraffe AMB 3D radar, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF), FLIR SeaFLIR 230 EO/IR camera, as well as with existing ship subsystems including navigation, situational awareness, AIS, weapons and guns, countermeasures, and other systems.