British company Systems Engineering & Assessment (SEA) announced in a statement released in its website on September 11 that it is supplying the Torpedo Launcher Systems (TLS) of Philippine Navy’s upcoming brand-new frigates to be constructed by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).
The British company will provide installation and support services. Delivery of first system to HHI is expected in the later part of 2018.
“The contract will be based on systems similar to those in service with the UK Royal Navy and also being supplied to the navies of Malaysia and Thailand,” SEA said. “It is unique in that it can be configured to fire any NATO standard light weight torpedo, enabling operators to benefit from the flexibility of choosing the best weapon independently and the option of switching during the life of the ship.”
SEA said its TLS comprises port and starboard triple tubes on a rotating base and utilizes composite materials for extended equipment life and low signature.
“The frigate project is now on the planning stage. Discussions are ongoing to agree on equipment and major systems to be installed. After this, construction will start,” Philippine Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado told PNA early this month.