PH Coast Guard in talks with Israel for fast patrol crafts

PH Coast Guard in talks with Israel for fast patrol crafts




The Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) modernization is not stopping with the 10 Parola class boats from Japan.

The Philippines being an archipelago has a lot of sea to be secured add to that headache is a bigger headache China is doing in the West Philippine Sea.

The PCG is looking to the country’s reliable weapon’s supplier -  Israel for its need in surface assets.

Israel Shipyard's Shaldag Mk II (photo credit to owner)


Israel Shipyards Shaldag Mk II patrol craft is being considered by the PCG to fulfill the service’s outstanding requirement for a new class of 25-35m interception vessels.

PCG leaders and Israel Shipyards had a meetng las May 14, the meeting was made to understand the vessel type further, including whether it can be configured according to PCG preferences.

"Some of the matters that we discussed include the types of engines that can be fitted on the Shaldag Mk II. We very much prefer the brands of engines that are currently already in service on our coastguard boats, so we wanted more confirmation on this," said the senior official of the PCG.

Other matters were also discussed during the meeting like matters regarding on the scope of possible government-to-government programmes that can be utilised between the two countries should a procurement programme materialise, including funding programmes, payment plans, co-build programmes, and transfer-of-technology arrangements.


As per Israel Shipyard, the Shaldag Mk II has an overall length of 24.8 m, a maximum beam of 6 m, and a maximum draught of 1.2 m. The vessel type displaces about 58 tonnes, and is powered by MTU engines in the original configuration. The patrol craft is propelled by waterjets, and can attain a maximum speed of over 40 kt with a standard range of 650 n miles at 32 kt.







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