HHI contracts Servowatch for new Philippine Navy frigate deliveries

UK-based supplier of integrated ship control systems Servowatch recently announced it has been contracted by Hyundai Heavy Industries to deliver its IPMS for the Philippine Navy’s Future Frigate program.

The integrated platform management system (IPMS) will be integrated into the frigates at Hyundai’s Ulsan shipyard.

The new frigates are expected to be a variant on Hyundai’s own HDF-3000 FFX-I multipurpose frigate. According to specifications provided by Hyundai, the design features a length of 114m, a beam of 14m and a hull draught of 4m.

The platform has a standard displacement of approximately 3,000 tonnes and can accommodate engines in combined diesel (CODAD) or gas (CODOG) machinery arrangements.

Servowatch Systems’ scope of supply comprises an IPMS control and monitoring package for the vessels’ propulsion plant, electric power plant, auxiliary/ancillary system. A battle damage control system (BDCS) and on-board training system (OBTS) are also to be included in scope of IPMS.

“With vessels increasing in complexity while simultaneously reducing crew sizes, systems integration is key to ensuring the functionality of critical equipment. Servowatch has introduced its most powerful IPMS solution allowing more COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) product integration. It reduces platform cost, integration time and commissioning, whilst retaining the survivability and power of the original Servowatch product,” said Wayne Ross, chief executive officer, Servowatch.