HD HHI recently announced that it has been selected as the contracting party for strategic partner for four naval vessels totaling USD 462,900,000 including one 3,400-ton Frigate, one 2,200-ton OPV, and two 1,500-ton LCUs from the Peruvian state-owned SIMA.

SIMA will deliver these naval vessels to the Peruvian Navy with the support of HD HHI by 2029. HD HHI will be responsible for the vessels’ design, equipment & material package, and technical support, while construction will be undertaken by SIMA.

Several European shipyards submitted proposal for this project including shipyards from Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands. SIMA utilized a multi-criteria matrix for complex solutions to compare technical solution such as ship design and capability, price, delivery schedule, technical support, and industrial cooperation among other criteria. After a vigorous selection process, SIMA determined that the award be granted to HD HHI which proposed a successful long term partnership with SIMA.

The Peruvian Navy plans to order an additional five Frigates, four OPVs, and two LCUs in addition to this project. Once the main contract scheduled for April is signed, HD HHI will continue its cooperation with SIMA as a strategic partner for the force development of the Peruvian Navy’s capabilities over the next 15 years, with a high likelihood of securing follow-up projects.

Dr. Won-ho, Joo, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Executive Vice President of HD HHI’s Naval & Special Ship Business Unit, stated, “This contract will be a significant milestone for development of Peruvian naval shipbuilding industry,” adding, “We will cooperate with SIMA as a long term strategic partner to develop SIMA and Peruvian industrial capability so that Peru will become a key naval shipbuilding nation in South America.”

The Frigate ordered is based on HD HHI’s HDF-3200 Frigate solution, which is 127 meters long, 14.9 meters wide, with a maximum speed of 26.5 knots and a range of 6,000 nautical miles. She will be equipped with anti-ship missiles, vertical launching system, and an AESA radar to enhance air defense capabilities.

The OPV ordered is based on HD HHI’s HDP-2200 OPV solution, which is 95 meters long, 14.3 meters wide, with a maximum speed of 20 knots and a range of 6,000 nautical miles, capable of operating medium-sized maritime operation helicopters. She is designed with space for two containerized mission modules enabling versatile capabilities. The LCUs ordered are based on HD HHI’s HDL-1500 LCU solution, which is 58 meters long, 13.2 meters wide, with a maximum speed of 10 knots and a range of 1,500 nautical miles, capable of transporting more than seven large armored vehicles or more than twenty TEU containers.