QinetiQ has been awarded £10.4 million to perform the first phase a multi-million pound contract to upgrade three Jacinto Class patrol vessels (JCPVs) for the Philippine Navy.
The contract involves supplying the Philippines Navy with upgrade services and support that will allow the patrol vessels to meet their operational capabilities over the course of the next 15 to 20 years.
The upgrade involves the installation of an advanced new weapons system, the boat’s 25mm canon, the design and manufacture of its seating and the overhaul of the main 75mm gun up forward. The installation of modern navigation aids, fire control systems, and the complete integration of all related systems are also part of the programme.
The three ex-Royal Navy Hong Kong patrol ships, built by Hall Russel of Aberdeen, Scotland, have a displacement of 712 tons and are powered by Pielstick diesel engines with two shafts, producing 14,188 bhp with a top speed of 25 knots.
The contract was signed with the Philippine Department of National Defence. Under terms of the agreement, QinetiQ will manage the upgrade of three JCPVs.
Two other major phases of the project covering propulsion and through life support are currently under negotiation.