Turkey’s ASFAT and South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) are the two remaining candidates to win a contract for the Philippine Navy’s (PN) Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) procurement programme.
ASFAT with its VARD-7 design is going head-to-head with HHI’s HDP-1500 Neo OPV, both offering many comparable features and similar weapons configurations.
Each of these two designs is armed with a 76 mm main gun, two Remote Controlled Weapon Stations (RCWS) armed a 30 mm cannon each, two manually operated 12.7 mm heavy machine guns, and options to be fitted with anti-surface as well as short-range anti-aircraft missile systems.
ASFAT and HHI are also positioned similarly since they are ready to produce up to six OPVs for less than PHP30 billion.
However, these two companies differ in the details of what they’re giving in return for their offers.
While ASFAT offers to build the ships locally in the Philippines in addition to investment in the Philippine Navy’s facility in Cavite, HHI is offering more refurbished Pohang-class corvettes as well as some other unspecified ships and helicopters for the Philippine Navy.
It still remains to be seen which offer will be chosen by the Philippine Navy.
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