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, so far deprived of this type of ship, 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, from now on, things are becoming clearer, since the Defense Secretary of the Republic of the Philippines, General Delfin Lorenzana, signed on November 27, 2019 a memorandum of defense cooperation with his French counterpart, Florence Parly, at the occasion of a new visit to Paris. Visit during which Naval Group would have sent him an offer in good and due form relating to the construction of 2 Scorpene submarines in France, as well as on a transfer of technologies to the Philippine industries. In addition to the 2 Scorpene, General Lorenzana would also be interested in the acquisition of 2 OPVs, deep sea patrol boats, 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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