09/11/2017 14:52

Turkish company ASELSAN providing gun system for PH navy’s upcoming frigates

Aerospace, defence and security business information outlet Shephard Media reported that Aselsan will supply the 30mm SMASH remote-controlled naval gun system as secondary gun for the two Philippine Navy future frigates ordered from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

According to MaxDefense Philippines, the 30mm Aselsan SMASH conforms to the Technical Specifications of Navy frigate acquisition program as it was part of HHI’s Alternative Configuration, said Update Philippines.

“But since the PN is already using the MSI Defence Seahawk and BAE Systems Mk.38 Mod.2 remote operated stabilized guns, the PN originally wanted the MSI Defence 30mm Seahawk which was offered by Hyundai as part of their Baseline Configuration,” it added.

“Cost could be the issue since sources confirmed that the Aselsan SMASH is around $300,000 cheaper than the MSI Defence Seahawk,” MaxDefense said.

Aselsan is a Turkish defense corporation that produces defense systems for the Turkish Armed Forces.