The Navy’s frigate project is the big-ticket item in the AFP’s “second horizon” modernization program other than the fighter jets and because of this I’m always attempting to find and look for pertinent costs of capable warships when proposing defense alternatives for a credible naval force for the Philippines.
Here is a particular list for this reason, a reference that can help everyone, and anyone who needs it. Your assistance and help in discovering relevant and applicable sources is tremendously appreciated.
As the budget increases each year, there is a big possibility that we can acquire more and more sophisticated military assets in the next few years.
1. HDMS Absalon (Denmark) – $269 million
HDMS Absalon, one of the largest ships in the history of the Royal Danish Navy, is a flexible support ship. She can be configured to provide command-and-control or combat support, or to serve as a supply platform or hospital ship. Commissioned in 2005
2. Bertholf National Security Cutter – $641 million
The first Legend-class maritime security cutter of the United States Coast Guard. She was named for Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf
3. F100 Bazan (Spain) – $600 million
The F100-class frigates were one of the most effective surface combatant classes. Designed primarily for the air defense role against advanced airborne threats such as supersonic missiles and stealth aircraft with secondary capability against surface ships and submarines. One of the most effective surface combatant classes with forty-eight missile cells. Usually thirty-two standard missiles and sixty four ESSM missiles were carried. These frigates will also perform as crisis management center and flag ship for the Spanish Navy or Multinational strike groups.
According to Spanish Government Sources, they are also intended as a ship-based ballistic missile defense system, but that seems to be unrealistic due to SPY-1D limitations.