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MBDA awarded contract for surface-to-air missiles from the Philippines

MBDA France bagged the contract to supply surface-to-air missiles for the two Philippine Navy's future frigates, which are currently being constructed by South Korean shipbuilder, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

MBDA awarded contract for surface to air missiles from the Philippines MBDA-made Sea Ceptor surface-to-air missile (Picture source : MBDA)

In a Notice of Award dated January 30 posted on the Department of National Defense website, the agency accepted the bid of MBDA France to supply the surface-to-air missiles for 10,690,000 Euros (PHP639,262,000). The amount is pegged at an exchange rate where one euro is equivalent to PHP59.80, during the time when the notice of award was issued.

"This is to inform you that the proposal of MBDA France for the Acquisition of Frigate Lot 2 (Missiles and Munition) -- Lot 2B Surface-to-Air Missile Project of the Philippine Navy, with a corresponding contract price in the amount of Ten Million Six Hundred Ninety Thousand Euros (10,690,000 Euros) is hereby accepted," Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in the notice.

Earlier, the Department of National Defense Bids and Awards Committee 1, in a resolution, declared MBDA France's proposal as the "Single Calculated and Response Quotation for the Acquisition of Frigate Lot 2 (Missiles and Munition) -- Lot 2B Surface-to-Air Missile Project and Recommending the Issuance of a Notice of Award in its Favor."

Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, earlier, announced that the construction of the first missile-armed frigates is proceeding smoothly. "Construction for our first missile-frigate is moving forward. It will arrive by February or March 2020, all systems go and we should be very happy. We should be happy for our country," he added.

The Philippines and HHI signed a PHP16-billion contract for two missile-armed frigates, with another PHP2 billion set aside for its weapon systems and munition. The projected delivery date of the first frigate is by 2020, and the second one, in 2021.