“PT PAL executive Edy Andarto confirmed to IHS Jane’s on 17 July that the contract – worth USD92 million – was signed with the PN (Philippine Navy) in June and calls for the vessels to be supplied in 2016 and 2017,” IHS Jane’s Defence Industry said.
Indonesia’s PT PAL will be providing the Philippine Navy with two Makassar-class Landing Platform Dock to act as the force’s Strategic Sealift Vessel.
These sealift vessels will be carrying landing craft utility/mechanized, including the upcoming Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) and attack helicopters.
Each vessel can carry up to 500 troops plus a hundred vessel crew.
“The contract also stipulates a requirement for PT PAL to provide an integrated support package that will enable Philippine industry to undertake maintenance and support of the SSVs in partnership with the PN,” IHS Jane added.
Indonesia’s PT PAL won the bidding last January this year.
Currently, PT PAL, in coordination with Philippine government, is building vessels with specifications provided by Department of National Defense.