PH Navy to acquire 30 more missile equipped ships

PH Navy to acquire 30 more missile equipped ships




The Philippine Navy(PN) knows its mandate, and to do such they will need the necessary vessels to perform them.

Navy’s Flag Officer In Command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, said the Philippine Navy will acquire around 30 more ships equipped with missile system and automated 50 caliber machine guns thath has the capability to sink ships at a distance as far as two kilometers.


Multipurpose Assault Craft (MPAC) to be equipped with Israel made surface to surface missile (photo credit to owner)


Currently the Philippine Navy has three missile quipped vessels called called Multipurpose Assault Craft (MPAC).

“We have MPAC equipped with missile system. Each MPAC costs P270 million, iba naman ang presyo ng missiles. We have three with missile system but in the future, magkakaron tayo ng 30 more ships with missile systems so that if we are invaded by another country, we can protect our maritime nation by using our system,” Empedrad said in an interview after the turn over ceremonies at Tangan Gym, Naval Forces Western Mindanao.

A single missile round costs about P10 million.

This capability of the Philippine Navy is not for internal or insurgency problems but for external defense.

He said “it is dedicated for external defense, kung gamitin natin for Abu Sayyaf, lugi tayo, pero meron syang 50 caliber na automated that even in the high seas with big waves, the automated guns can wipe enemy’s craft to as far as 2 kilometers away. We have already tested these weapons.”

PN has already three MPAC vessels that are already modified and equipped and upgraded with Rafael Advance Defense Ltd. Spike ER (extended range) surface to surface missile system.




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