Upgrade works for Del Pilar-class ships to start this year

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Upgrade works for the three Del Pilar-class ships under the Del Pilar Class Frigate (DPCF) Upgrade Project are expected to commence this year, MaxDefense Philippines said in its social networking page January 20.

The contract for DPCF Upgrade Project was signed in August 2019 with South Korean company Hanwha Systems.

Under the contract, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, BRP Ramon Alcaraz, and BRP Andres Bonifacio, will be upgraded in aspects of combat management system, electronic support, sonar capability, among others.

“The completion of the project will not only enhance the performance of the ship but will also elevate the operating systems at par with modern ships,” Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said in October 2020.