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Juramentado

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Del Pilar Upgrades - Timing is Everything
« on: April 07, 2019, 06:31:42 PM »
https://maxdefense.blogspot.com/2019/04/del-pilar-class-offshore-patrol-vessels.html

BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): If Ultra was qualified and is the final and permanent winner of the Jacinto class upgrade, which includes a CMS, how did they get DQ'd on the Patrol Ship bid?

Suffice it to say, the PN once again shoots themselves in the foot. Recall that Hanwha CMS is limited in it's compatibility with weapons compared to Thales. While it sounds like a logistics win, it actually limits the combat capability of the ships in the future. They just cut themselves off from a variety of weapons based not the least on price. Which makes FFBNW not just a possibility, but a solid likelihood.

And as for the rest of it, timing is everything.  Consider the following:

1. Only TWO (2) Sea Giraffe Radars were purchased under the Maritime Security Initiative. There are three PS hulls.

2. We know that PS-15 Gregorio Del Pilar is solidly out of action for the entirety of 2019, and into 2020, based on damage to the shafts and props thanks to the Hasa-Hasa Shoal Tour (TM). As the ship is no longer produced, replacement parts are long-lead items, and of course, DND will hem and haw about the cheapest way to get it delivered back to the Philippines. Then comes the fun part of how to get it re-installed and repaired. US Navy PMS 326 can only help so much, then DND shoots itself in the foot. Easily 2022 before she's back in the water.

3. Given that PS-15 is out of action, the Sea Giraffe radar and 1st round of associated systems (it's highly unlikely all three sets of equipment will show up simultaneously) should move to PS-16 and 17 accordingly.

4. Commonality is already a problem with the Cutters delivered as they were from the US Coast Guard. The Surface Search/Nav set on Bonifacio is different from Goyo and Monching for starters. The gains on efficiency aren't that guaranteed.

Will the PN do the right thing and bypass Goyo to upgrade the two still afloat? Guaranteed nope. They've been running this ship class non-stop, having skipped at least one, maybe two yard availabilities - recall they should have had the Sea Giraffes installed by the time the Hasa-Hasa grounding happened. Instead, they were off on show-the-flag tours constantly. This is what happens when most of your fleet is on it's last legs, and you only have Three Ships that have the range, speed and endurance to perform the mission set.


maxmontero

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Re: Del Pilar Upgrades - Timing is Everything
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2019, 07:06:57 PM »
Info on Ultra's disqualification isn't easy to get, as the PN is doing its best to keep details away from prying eyes and ears. They knew that if there's a red flag on that deal they'll get lambasted again.

The reason we got that it was "technical" related might even be a false flag since it sounds BS when it discussed to me.

Anyway, lets give them the benefit on doubt for now, and hopefully we can get someone to fill in the blanks.

Juramentado

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Re: Del Pilar Upgrades - Timing is Everything
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2019, 08:06:59 PM »
Thanks Max!