A green light has been issued by the Department of National Defense (DND) to acquire two brand-new frigate for the Philippine Navy.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

The approval came after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana signed “the Notice of Award” on the Frigate Acquisition Project of the Philippine Navy (PN).

According to MaxDefense, 2 weeks from now the DND and PN are now preparing for a contract signing with South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) .

HHI will be submitting the finalized design by mid-2017 and the first frigate will be delivered by late 2019, and the second by mid-2020.

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Korean made – Incheon class frigate – s3.zetaboards.com

According to the official from the DND, the specifications of the proposed Philippine Navy frigates state that it must be at least 95-meters in length, with a displacement of 2,000 tons, capable of engaging in anti-surface, anti-submarine, anti-air and electronic warfare, can carry and housing a 12 tons chopper such as the soon-to-arrive two AgustaWestland AW-159 “Wildcat” submarine hunter type helicopter. – Carl E.