Naval Group's Scorpene submarine hypothesis in the Philippines becomes clearer

During the last 20 years, the number of submarines operated by navies in the countries of Southeast Asia has almost quadrupled. This has led certain countries, until now without this type of ship, to want to quickly acquire this capacity, and therefore these buildings. This is the case of the Philippines which, according to an article from latribune.fr, would be increasingly interested in the acquisition of 2 Scorpene conventional 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 now things are becoming clearer, since the Secretary of Defense of the Republic of the Philippines, General Delfin Lorenzana, signed a defense cooperation memorandum with his French counterpart, Florence Parly, on November 27, 2019. the opportunity for a new visit to Paris. Visit during which Naval Group sent him a formal offer relating to the construction of 2 Scorpene submarines in France, as well as a transfer of technologies to Philippine industries. In addition to the 2 Scorpene, General Lorenzana would also be interested in the acquisition of 2 OPVs, high seas 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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Naval Group's Scorpene has already been exported to Chile, Malaysia, Brazil and India.

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