Bidding for upgrade of three vessels to resume

Posted on October 12, 2015

THE ARMED FORCES of the Philippines (AFP) will resume the bidding process for the modernization of three vessels, with the two contracts collectively worth almost P1 billion set to be auctioned this month after a failed bidding earlier this year.

Two contracts worth P630.6 million and P224 million are being offered by the Philippine military to qualified local and foreign defense contractors to upgrade the guns, and targeting and tracker systems of the BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS-35), BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS-36) and BRP Artemio Ricarte (PS-37).

The military is splitting the upgrade process for the three vessels in two phases. The P630.6-million Jacinto-Class Patrol Vessel (JCPV) phase 3A contract is for the restoration of two 76-millimeter (mm) guns and three 25-mm gun systems of the three vessels.

The said contract will also replenish the ammunition for these weapons as well as involve the delivery of two brand new electro optical fire control systems for two of the ships -- the detection, firing and tracker system used by the Philippine vessels.

The P224-million contract for JCPV phase 3B will be for the restoration of the remaining 76-mm gun and the upgrading of its detection, firing and tracker system.

The two contracts are scheduled for bidding on Oct. 27 at Camp Aguinaldo.

In March, the bidding for these projects were put on hold as the Bids and Awards Committee of the AFP declared a failure of bidding due to the non-submission of bids by the nine firms who bought bid documents for the project.

For 2016, the Philippine Navy is targeting to maintain 124 mission-ready fleet marine units and 59 support units, as part of the AFP’s P85.3-billion modernization program until 2017. -- A. M. Monzon