Envisioned as more heavily-armed and capable than the two Jose Rizal-class missile frigates currently being put into Philippine Navy (PN) service, the PN’s Corvette Acquisition Program (CAP), which has a budget of P30 billion, will likely be pushed to Horizon 3 of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program (RAFPMP), according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Saturday.
“The acquisition of the corvette(s) is still being considered albeit on a later date after our economy recovers from this (COVID-19) pandemic,” Lorenzana said.
Geared for the acquisition of more equipment and platforms geared for external defense like its predecessor program, Horizon 3 is scheduled for 2023 to 2028 while Horizon 2 started in 2018 and will end in 2022.
Meanwhile, started in 2013 and lasted until 2017, Horizon 1 resulted in the acquisition of two Hamilton-class cutters (renamed the Del Pilar-class offshore patrol vessels), six MPACs, 114 armored personnel carriers, three brand-new C-295 medium-lift aircraft, two C-130 heavy transport planes, five utility versions of the AgustaWestland AW-109 helicopters, eight of its attack versions, five landing craft heavies, and 12 South Korean FA-50PH jet fighters. (PNA)