MANILA – Personnel from the Philippine Navy (PN) Naval Combat Systems Center and crew members of the BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), the country’s first guided-missile frigate, have completed their training for operations and maintenance of the ship’s new Mistral 3 surface. -Air-to-air missile system (SAM).
Intermediate level maintenance training (ILM) was carried out by the original equipment manufacturers of the Mistral 3.
“After two weeks of face-to-face discussions and hands-on activities, the trainees familiarized themselves with and gained first-hand experience of operating and maintaining (the) most recent SAM system,” said an article on Naval Sea Systems Command’s Facebook says Tuesday night.
Training and technical practices are crucial in the operation of the system and maintenance personnel.
“(The) ILM is an essential part of sustaining every PN naval asset, while preventive and corrective maintenance is the warship lifeline that is critical to the asset’s continued operational readiness,” reads -on in the message.
The Mistral 3 missiles were delivered to Subic Bay International Airport in Bataan on October 8.
The supply and delivery of SAM Mistral 3 is part of the PN Lot 2B frigate acquisition project, which has been awarded to MBDA Missile Systems based in France.
Surface-to-air missiles are among the primary weapons of the FF-150 and FF-151 (BRP Antonio Luna) that enhance the Navy’s anti-aircraft warfare capability.
Meanwhile, Navy Frigate Acquisition Lot 2A, for Jose Rizal-class surface-to-surface missiles (JRC), is expected to be delivered in March 2022.
South Korean defense manufacturer LIG Nex 1 will deliver C-Star missiles, which are considered the JRC’s primary ground-to-ground weapon.
The C-Star is described as a “surface-to-surface anti-ship cruise missile”.
BRP Jose Rizal and BRP Antonio Luna are modern warships capable of surface, submarine, air and electronic warfare using advanced electronic sensors, long-range missiles, acoustically guided torpedoes and anti- on-board submarine. helicopter.
The BRP Jose Rizal was delivered to the Philippines in May 2020 and commissioned in July of the same year, while the BRP Antonio Luna was commissioned on March 19 of that year.
The contract for the two ships was increased to PHP 16 billion with another PHP 2 billion for weapons systems and ammunition. (ANP)