Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has announced that it has won a contract worth around US$495,2 million to build two corvettes for the Philippines Navy (PN), today. Both of these corvettes will be built in South Korea starting from early 2022.
The latest success for Hyundai Heavy Industries, follows its 2016 deal when the company was awarded a contract to build two Jose Rizal-class frigates for PN.
Interestingly, while corvette is traditionally regarded as a smaller class of naval vessel below frigate, HHI has offered its HDC-3100 corvette design for the contract which is actually bigger and heavier than the Jose Rizal-class frigates currently serving in the Philippines Navy.
HHI’s HDC-31000 corvette design is a 115 meters length, 14.8 meters beam and 3,200 tonnes displacement multi-purpose warship. On the other hand, the Jose Rizal-class frigate has a length of 107.5 meters, 13.8 meters beam and a displacement of 2,600 tonnes.
The new corvettes will have a maximum speed of about 25 knots, with more than 8,300 km (4,500 nm) maximum range under a cruise speed of 15 knots.
Equipped with sixteen cells vertical launch system (VLS) for anti-aircraft missiles as well as eight-tubes anti-ship missiles in addition to a 76 mm main gun and a 35 mm Close-In Weapons System (CIWS), each of the HCD-3100 corvette for the PN will also be equipped with Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars and other countermeasure systems.
The Philippines Navy is expecting to receive the delivery of both new corvettes in 2026.
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