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BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151)

Guided-Missile Frigate Warship [ 2021 ]

BRP Antonio Luna FF-151 represents a significant upgrade to the fighting capabilities of the navy of The Philippines.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 11/27/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

The BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) is an all-modern fighting frigate serving the Philippine Navy (PN). The warship is one of two Jose Rizal-class guided-missile frigates in inventory and both are the product of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) of South Korea - based in the local Incheon-class design. FF-151 was ordered on October 24th, 2016 and laid down on May 23rd, 2019. She was formally launched to sea on November 8th, 2019 and officially commissioned on March 19th, 2021.

BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) is the lead-ship of the class of two-strong frigates for the Philippine Navy.

The naval service of the Philippines seeks a complete modernization of fighting capabilities by 2028 in keeping pace with regional rivals while also keeping an eye towards general maritime defense of its long-running coastline.

The 2,865-ton warship has a running length of 351 feet, a beam measuring 45.2 feet, and a draught down to 12 feet. Propulsion power is of CODAD (COmbined Diesel-And-Diesel) arrangement involving 4 x MTU-STX 12V1163-TB93 12-cylinder marine diesels. The ship also carries 4 x MTU-STX 12V2000-M41B diesel generators of 872 horsepower each. This provides the hull with a top ocean-going speed of 25 knots under ideal conditions with a range out to 4,500 nautical miles. With onboard stores fully supplied, the crew can remain at-sea for up to 30 days.

The crew complement numbers 110 personnel. A modest air arm is also supported for the single AgustaWestland AW159 "Wildcat" helicopter served from the stern-based helipad. A full-service hangar is also provided for the rotorcraft which can fulfill the role of Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Search and Rescue (SAR), general resupply, MEDEVAC, and Over-the-Horizon (OtH) spotting.

Installed sensors and systems include the Hanwha "Naval Shield" Baseline 2 series integrated Combat Management System (CMS), the Hensoldt TRS-3D Baseline D multi-mode phased array (C-Band) radar, and the Selex ES NA-25X fire control radar. The Israeli Elbit Systems "Elisra" NS9300A system serves as the ship's Electronic Warfare (EW) fit. Countermeasures include 2 x Terma C-Guard DL-6T decoy launchers.

The ship's profile is all-modern, showcasing a stealthy approach to its design including an unbroken hull line, low-profile smoke funnels, and enclosed main mast. The bow features a turreted deck gun while the bridge superstructure sports slab-sides. The superstructure is only broken over midships at which point the smoke funnels are featured. The rear hull superstructure section houses the helicopter hangar leading out to the unobstructed helipad area over the stern.

Armament is led by a single 76mm OTO-Melara turreted deck gun backed by an 8-cell Vertical Launching System (VLS), 2 x 2 LIGNex1 SSM-700K C-Star anti-ship missile launchers, and 2 x 2 MBDA Mistral Simbad-RC missile launchers. Shorter-ranged threats are handled by a mix of 1 x 30mm Aselsan SMASH autocannon, 1 x FFBNW Close-In Weapon System (CIWS), and up to 4 x S&T Motiv K6 12.7mm Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs). The ship also carries 2 x SEA triple-torpedo tubes supporting the K745 "Blue Shark" torpedo family.

The vessel's initial deployment was to Palawan and she took part in RIMPAC 2022 thereafter.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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In Active Service.

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) - South Korea
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Jose Rizal-class (Incheon-class)

BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150); BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151)

National flag of the Philippines Philippines
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Offshore Bombardment
Offshore bombardment / attack of surface targets / areas primarily through onboard ballistic weaponry.
Offshore strike of surface targets primarily through onboard missile / rocket weaponry.
Maritime Patrol
Active patroling of vital waterways and maritime areas; can also serve as local deterrence against airborne and seaborne threats.
Airspace Denial / Deterrence
Neutralization or deterrence of airborne elements through onboard ballistic of missile weaponry.
Fleet Support
Serving in support (either firepower or material) of the main surface fleet in Blue Water environments.

Vessel's hull design is such that it can operate in close-to-shore / shallow water environments.
Onboard systems alert and protect the vessel from airborne, low-flying airborne threats through ballistic and / or missile weaponry.
An Over-the-Horizon operational capability is granted to the vessel, typically through launched fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft.
The vessel supports the launching of missiles against airborne, waterborne, or land-based targets at range; typical of modern designs.
Ability to launch torpedoes against ocean-going targets.

351.0 ft
106.98 m
45.2 ft
13.78 m
12.0 ft
3.66 m

Installed Power: CODAD (COmbined Diesel-Or-Diesel): 4 x MTU-STX 12V11630TB93 12-cylinder diesel engines with 4 x MTU-STX 12V2000-M41B diesel generators of 872 horsepower each; 2 x Shafts astern.
Surface Speed
25.0 kts
(28.8 mph)
4,501 nm
(5,180 mi | 8,336 km)

kts = knots | mph = miles-per-hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = kilometers

1 kts = 1.15 mph | 1 nm = 1.15 mi | 1 nm = 1.85 km
1 x 76mm OTO-Melara turreted deck gun.
1 x 8-cell Vertical Launching System (VLS).
2 x 2 LIGNex1 SSM-700K C-Star anti-ship missile launchers.
2 x 2 MBDA Mistral Simbad-RC missile launchers.
2 x SEA triple-torpedo tubes (K745 Blue Shark torpedo).
1 x 30mm Aselsan SMASH automatic cannon.
1 x FFBNW Close-In Weapon System (CIWS).
4 x 12.7mm S&T Motiv K6 Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs).

Supported Types

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1 x AgustaWestland AW159 "Wildcat" or similar medium-lift helicopter supported from the stern.

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