“Both vessels are programmed for upgrades in terms of sensors and firepower to revive their original capabilities,” Philippine Navy Vice-commander Rear Admiral Caesar C. Taccad said pertaining to two Del Pilar-class frigates.
BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) were former US Coast Guard cutters designed for heavy weather patrolling.
“Missile armaments are in the pipeline,” Taccad added. However, he did not mention the timeline for the upgrade. No specific missile system was mentioned.
Taccad said that upgrades will transform Del Pilar firagtes into more capable Navy units.