A French-made Scorpene-class diesel-electric submarine of France is suitable for the Philippine Navy (PN) requirement. This was according to the Philippines National Defense Chief Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
A week ago during his visit to France, he was able to personally look on the actual French-made submarine.
“Yes, we went to see the Scorpene, and it (Scorpene diesel-electric submarine) is a very good sub, appropriate for our needs,” Lorenzana said in a media interview on Monday.
He went there not long after attending the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit last November 24 to 26 with President Rodrigo Duterte in South Korea.
The secretary arrived in the Philippines after his trip to France on Sunday night and according to him, the Scorpene is one of the submersibles being assessed by the PN. Once the submarine fleet pushes through it will be acquired via government-to-government procurement.
“The submarine, if we finally decide to buy them, will be on a government-to-government procurement and under a loan so that we do not need a large upfront capital outlay,” the secretary said.
The secretary also said that aside from the French-made Scorpene, the DND is looking at proposals made by Russia, South Korea, and Germany.
The Scorpene submarine can operate for more than 21 days underwater with a top speed of 20 knots, powered by a conventional diesel-electric system. It is equipped with an Air-Independent Propulsion (AIP). It has a large payload of weapons that can be armed with a variety of mines, torpedoes, and missiles for different types of missions. – JCE