President-Director Budiman Saleh of Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL said that Philippines has ordered two more Strategic Sealift Vessels (SSV) and one SSV hospital ship, as reported by Jakarta Post on July 15.
This is after PT PAL successfully delivered 2 SSVs to Philippine Navy. The 2 SSVs – BRP Tarlac (LD-601), BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602) – are now under the Tarlac-class landing platform dock.
Budiman Saleh added that the Philippines also ordered two 60-meter long range missile-armed ships (KCR-60).
However, pending the finalization of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Second Horizon acquisition list and official commencement of bidding projects, what Saleh said may still be in discussion stage.
Philippine Navy’s Desired Force Mix indicates that one SSV in landing helicopter assault (LHA) modification and two logistic support vessels (LSV) are slated for Second Horizon.
Saleh also said that other countries like Malaysia, Nigeria, Senegal, Guyana Bissau and Gabon also ordered SSVs and KCRs in different types and modifications.
“People see that the Philippines have used the SSV-123 meter long ships. The ships are a magnet for other countries,” Budiman said.