During the last 20 years, the number of submarines operated by navies in the countries of Southeast Asia has almost quadrupled. This has led some countries, hitherto without this type of vessel, to want to quickly acquire this capacity, and therefore these vessels. This is the case of the Philippines which, according to an article from latribune.fr, would be more and more interested in the acquisition of 2 conventional Scorpene submarines from the French Naval Group.
The information is not new, since already in July 2019, we mentioned this interest marked by the authorities of Manila for the French submersible. But it seems that, now, things are clearer, since the Secretary of Defense of the Republic of the Philippines, General Delfin Lorenzana, on November 27, 2019, signed a defense cooperation memorandum with his French counterpart, Florence Parly, in the occasion of a new visit to Paris. Visit during which Naval Group would have sent it a formal offer for the construction of 2 Scorpene submarines in France, as well as a transfer of technology to the Philippine industries. In addition to the 2 Scorpene, General Lorenzana would also be interested in the acquisition of 2 OPV, offshore patrol vessels, and an offer was also sent on this subject by the company Kership, a joint venture between Naval Group and Piriou, specialized in this domain.
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