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DIEC has directed the Defense
Industry Undersecretariat to begin
negotiations with the selected bidder. In the event SSM fails to reach
an agreement with SEDEF, it will
have the option to negotiate with
the second bidder, DESAN Deniz
Insaat Sanayi A.S.
This is Navantia’s first foray into
the Turkish market and the second
export of the Juan Carlos I design,
the first being two units to
Australia as the Canberra class.
Like the Australian LPDs, the
Turkish ship will see the hull and
mechanical work done in Spain
with final outfitting conducted at
SEDEF in Turkey.
The LPD is 230.8 meters (757.2
feet) in length with a displacement
of 27,500 tons. It has a full length
flight deck with five landing spots
for the launch and recovery of
helicopters or vertical takeoff and
landing aircraft, and hangar
storage with two aircraft handling
In addition, the vessel’s well
deck is capable of operating up to
four medium landing craft or one
landing craft air cushion.
With the design decision now
complete, a construction contract
could be in place by midyear, with
construction beginning immediately. The single unit of the class
is expected to be commissioned
Awards SSV Contract
PAL Indonesia has won an $86.9
million award for two Strategic
Sealift Vessels (SSVs) for the
Philippine Navy. The design is PAL
Indonesia’s LPD-125 design. The
SSVs were procured under the
Multi-Role Vessel program for use
in civil-military operations and
transporting large number of sol-
diers, logistics and supplies. Each
of the vessels can also accommo-
date three small helicopters.
Nine companies initially bought
the bidding documents for the
project but only two submitted
offers. The other bidder, Daewoo
International, was declared by the
Bids and Awards Committee as
ineligible due to its failure to meet
certain technical requirements.
PAL Indonesia underwent a
post-qualification process in the
last quarter of 2013 before it was
declared the winner.
The first unit will be commissioned in 2017 and the second in
2018. These will be the largest vessels ever operated by the Philippine Navy. ■
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