French shipbuilder was given a second chance to join Navantia Sepi (RTR Ventures) of Spain, and South Korean contractors STX Offshore and Shipbuilding, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. and Hyundai Heavy Industries, Inc. in the bidding for Department of National Defense’s 18-billion USD Frigate project to boost PH’s maritime defense capabilities.
Navy officers were given a chance to tour inside a French frigate. The Prairial is a French frigate currently docked in Manila for a port visit and for a joint exercise with PH Navy tomorrow.
The Prairial is a light monitoring frigate. It is equipped with 2 Exocet MM38 missiles, 1 100 mm CADAM turret with Najir fire control system, 2 × 20 mm modèle F2 guns.
Moreover, Europe and Indian shipbuilders will also vie for the said project. However, according to source from DND, the South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries, Inc. builder of Incheon class frigate is the strongest bidder among the mentioned shipbuilder.