British Defense Developer Will Supply Torpedo Launchers for Philippine Destroyers
British defense technology developer Systems Engineering & Assessment (SEA) has been appointed to supply its torpedo launcher system to Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for two new Philippine Navy corvettes.
The contract follows the successful delivery of SEA’s torpedo launcher system for the Philippine Navy’s frigates.
Part of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program (RAFPMP), the contract will see the first corvette delivered in 2023 and the second in 2025.
SEA’s torpedo launcher system is compatible with many weapons systems. It is also favored for its close range and rapid-reaction system capable of firing a variety of NATO-compatible standard light weight torpedoes, including the US Mk44, Mk46 and Mk54 torpedoes, UK StingRay, Italian A244S, French MU90, and the Korean Blue Shark.
“This will enable the Philippine Navy to retain control of its supply chain through a choice of suppliers for ammunition, delivering greater flexibility and long-term value,” wrote SEA in a statement.
Meanwhile, Kyunghyun Cho from HHI said he was impressed with by the performance of the torpedo launcher.
“This contract is part of a significant modernization program for the Philippine Navy. Following the successful delivery of SEA’s TLS for the Philippine Navy’s frigates, we were impressed by the performance and reliability of the system and are pleased to be collaborating with SEA to deliver the same superior capability to the Navy’s corvettes.”
Future-proofing Philippine warships against modern weapons
David Hinds, Vice President Strategic Accounts at SEA, said: “The inherent flexibility of our TLS will provide the Philippine Navies with a capability that helps future-proof the corvettes against new weapon developments and obsolescence, whilst also ensuring commonality across the fleet. This contract is the positive result of collaboration with our in-country partners, the British Embassy, HHI, and the Philippine Navy, and signifies the increasing global appeal of weapon agnostic defence capabilities that deliver greater operational flexibility. We look forward to working with our partners across Southeast Asia and further strengthening our relationship with HHI and the Philippine Navy.”