Sea to supply torpedo launcher system for future Philippine corvettes

According to a press release published by SEA on February 23, 2022, the firm has been appointed to supply its Torpedo Launcher System to Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for two new Philippine Navy corvettes.
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The contract follows the successful delivery of SEA’s TLS for the Philippine Navy’s frigates and further cements our positive relationship with both HHI and the Philippine Navy.

Part of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program (RAFPMP), the multi-million-pound contract will see the first corvette delivered in 2023 and the second in 2025.

SEA’s TLS is a weapon-agnostic, close-range, and rapid-reaction system capable of firing a variety of NATO-compatible standard lightweight torpedoes, including the US Mk44, Mk46 and Mk54 torpedoes, UK Sting Ray, Italian A244S, French MU90 and the Korean Blue Shark.

Highly flexible due to its unique modular design, the system can also be configured to use other weapons on an individual basis. This will enable the Philippine Navy to retain control of its supply chain through a choice of suppliers for ammunition, delivering greater flexibility and long-term value.

The state-of-the-art modular design of the TLS also enables easier and cost-effective upgrades throughout its service life and significantly reduces the risk of capability obsolescence based on ammunition supply.

The future Philippine Navy's corvettes are set to be a multi-purpose surface combatant with 3,200-ton displacement, 116-meter length, and 14.8-meter breadth (127-yard length and 16.2-yard breadth).

With a maximum speed of 25 knots (46 km/h) and cruising speed of 15 knots (28 km/h), the corvettes will have a 16-cell vertical launching system (VLS), eight anti-ship missile launchers, a 35mm close-in weapon system (CIWS), a 76mm main gun, two three-tube torpedo launchers, and Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar.