With the country’s naval forces now undergoing modernization, the Navy announced that development of an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) is one of its priority so that Philippine waters can be protected against underwater intrusions.
ASW refers to the capability to detect, locate and if necessary, destroy submarines found intruding in the country’s territorial waters.
“We have plans for (developing) an ASW capability but it is still in the long-term plans. This is part of the Philippine Navy (PN)’s ‘Active Archipelagic Defense Strategy’. We are looking at ship mounted and helo (helicopter) ASW capability,” PN spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic stressed.
He added that this program will be an important part of the Philippines’ defense system once it reaches full bloom.
The Department of National Defense (DND) earlier revealed that the two missile-firing frigates it is bidding out for P18 billion must have an ASW capability.
This can be done with the fitting of anti-submarine torpedoes, with minimum range 2km, minimum depth 500m, with acoustic countermeasures capability, and two triple launchers, one on each side, Fabic said. PNA