Philippine Navy’s newest frigates to be equipped with missiles at the end of 2021

BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) (Photo Credit: PN)

The surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles of BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) and BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) are scheduled for delivery in October next year and the first quarter of 2022, the Philippines Navy (PN) announced.

“(Deliveries for) the surface-to-air missile is (on) October 2021 and March 2022 for the surface-to-surface missile,” PN public affairs office chief, Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas, said in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) when sought for updates on the acquisition of primary weapons of the two guided-missile frigates.

Roxas said the surface-to-surface missile project is under “Frigate Acquisition Lot 2A” and that South Korean defense manufacturer LIG Nex 1 would deliver C-Star missiles.

The C-Star is described as a “sea-skimming surface-to-surface anti-ship cruise missile”.

Meanwhile, the surface-to-air missile project is under “Frigate Acquisition Lot 2B” and was awarded to MBDA, France, which would deliver a quantity of Mistral 3 anti-aircraft missiles.

The BRP Jose Rizal and BRP Antonio Luna are modern warships capable of surface, sub-surface, air, and electronic warfare using state-of-the-art electronic sensors, long-range missiles, acoustic guided torpedoes, and an embarked anti-submarine helicopter.

The BRP Jose Rizal was delivered to the Philippines in May and commissioned last July, while the BRP Antonio Luna is expected to be delivered to the PN by February next year.