Monday, September 21, 2020

French Submarine ‘Fits’ PH Navy Requirement

French Submarine ‘Fits’ PH Navy Requirement


7 Commandments To Revitalize The Country Safely

Medical experts recommend strict health protocols for public transportation.

Alibaba Cloud Launches New Digital Ecosystem Strategy In The Philippines

This will help local businesses adapt further to the new normal!

EDC Donates PCR Machines To Enhance Negros Oriental’s COVID-19 Resiliency

Energy Development Corporation donates equipment worth P8.5-million to Negros Oriental.

CeMAP, PISI Express Full Support For Bayanihan To Recover As One Act

The Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines and Philippine Iron and Steel Institute announce full support to the recently signed Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.

The French-made diesel-electric submersible, the Scorpène, is very ideal for the Philippine Navy’s submarine requirement, PN flag-officer-in-command, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad.

This is because the proposal of the company building the submarine fits the requirement of the PN due to its stealthy design, and good weapon and sonar capabilities.

While these characteristics are also found in comparable submarines like Russia’s Kilo-class, Empedrad said the Russian model is very large and expensive for the PN to acquire and operate.

“We are continuously studying this and then hopefully we finalized what is our preference and then the budget will come out so we can bid it,” the PN chief emphasized in an interview with reporters.

It’s also possible that the project will be funded through government-to-government procurement, Empedrad stressed.

The Navy chief, however, clarified that the French-made submersible is not yet the preferred platform even if it fits the PN’s requirements.

“Hindi ko sinabing preferred pero sa ngayon yung requirements namin, ‘yung proposal nila (It does not mean that we prefer it but for now, as for our requirements, it) fits the requirements of the PN. But we continue to request for proposals from other company as well. So merong proposal ang (South) Korea, I think may proposal ‘yung Germany (South Korea has a proposal. I think Germany has a proposal too),” Empedrad said.

He also added that they are still processing the requirements for the project.

“Hopefully, makapagbigay ang Congress ng budget para mabili na (the Congress can provide the budget so we can buy immediately). I think kung mabili namin ‘yung (if we are able to buy the) submarine, it serves as a strategic, psychological deterrence (against enemies),” the PN chief said.

Initially, Empedrad said the PN is planning to acquire two but pointed out that ideal numbers for these undersea vessels are six in a fleet.

The Scorpène-class submarines are a class of diesel-electric attack submarines jointly developed by the French Direction des Constructions Navales and the Spanish company Navantia, and now by Naval Group. It features diesel propulsion and additional air-independent propulsion.

The Scorpène can be armed with a variety of torpedoes, missiles and mines and it has range of 6,500 nautical miles and is capable of speeds of 12 to 20 knots.

Earlier, Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that should the PN submarine acquisition program push 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,” he added.

The DND chief also said they are looking at proposals made by Russia, South Korea, Germany and France for the PN submarine acquisition program. (PNA)

Latest News

Globe Partners With DLSU For World-Class STEM Education

Globe partners with De La Salle University to enhance the delivery of world class Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education to its students.

Sen. Pangilinan: Agriculture Is Engine Of Growth During COVID-19 Pandemic

"'Pag mas marami ang tanim, mas mababa ang presyo. Pero volume na yon. At kapag mas mababa ang presyo sa retail, may food for everybody. Food secure na 'yon."

Sen. Gatchalian Pushes For Replacement Fuel To Malampaya To Avert Possible Brownouts

"We're racing against time. If we fail to act now, we could be experiencing anew a debilitating rotational brownout by 2024 once our power supply from the Malampaya gas field is depleted."

Valenzuela Requires All Indoor Shops To Use Contact Tracing App

Heads up! All enclosed indoor establishments in Valenzuela will be required to to use the Valenzuela Tracing Application (ValTrace app) starting October 5.

Bataan Logs 30th Coronavirus Death

A senior citizen in Bataan has succumbed to the coronavirus recently.

Operators Of Cemeteries, Columbariums In Bacolod Told Be Vigilant

Operators of cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbariums in Bacolod City were told to be vigilant to ensure that visitors adhere to strict health and safety protocols.

Comelec Releases Disinfection Schedule In 4 Regions

Take note of the disinfection days at the Comelec office!

27 Aspiring Doctors To Finish Licensure Exam In Tacloban

At least 27 aspiring doctors in Eastern Visayas would continue the second part of the Physician Licensure Examination after months of delay.

Mayor Isko Calls For Unity, Cooperation In Saving Manila Bay

"Hindi kalaban ang pamahalaan, meron tayong kalaban, baka katabi nyo lang, andyan lang si COVID-19 lumiligid ligid, yun ang tunay na kalaban."

Pres. Duterte To Address Nation From Davao City On Monday

Expect PRRD to deliver his weekly address in Davao today.