Portuguese firm to provide communications suites of PHL Navy’s sealift vessels

EID, a Portuguese high tech industry with deep know-how and vast experience in the fields of electronics, communications and command & control, was contracted by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea and PT PAL of Indonesia to provide complete integrated communications system for Philippine Navy’s two strategic sealift vessels (SSVs).

“The EUR1.5 million (USD1.7 million) contract, signed on 8 May, oversees the delivery of the communications suites for the two landing platform dock (LPD)-style ships, with system delivery scheduled for October 2015 and May 2016, respectively,” reports IHS Jane’s.

The communication system includes EID’s ICCS5 communications control system, and Harris RF Communications VLF-HF and V/UHF radios.

“The [construction of] SSV is on schedule and completion for the first copy is in May 2016 while the second one is slated for May 2017,” Philippine Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Jesus C. Millan said in previous interview with government-run news agency.

Once delivered, the Makassar vessels will be utilized as Navy’s SSV carrying out roles of a floating command center, military transport vessel, and respond during disasters and calamities.

These sealift vessels are capable of housing landing craft utility/mechanized, Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) and attack helicopters. Each vessel can carry up to 500 troops plus a hundred vessel crew.