PH Navy to get 3 more multi-purpose attack craft within the year

PH Navy to get 3 more multi-purpose attack craft within the year

Good news for the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
It was reported in, that the Philippine Navy (PN) will be acquiring additional three (3) multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC) armed with the Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd. Spike-ER (extended range) surface-to-surface missile system this year.
“We have another three (in the process of) building, and they are expected to be delivered this year. They will also be armed with the Spike-ER missiles,” PN flag officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
MPAC's of the Philippine Navy (photo credit to MaxDefense)

These multi-purpose attack crafts (MPACs) will be called the Mark IV and have started construction in November last year.
The PN FOIC said the builder of the Mark IV are the same that built the previous Mark II and III.
The PN’s three Mark III MPACs were constructed by the Subic-based Propmech Corp. and activated on May 22, 2017.
These boats can cruise up to 45 knots and are armed with remotely-controlled .50-caliber machine guns aside from the Spike-ER missiles.
MaxDefense in its Facebook page had this to say with respect to this news, full quote below :

The Philippine Navy was reported to receive the 4th batch of three Multi-Purpose Attack Crafts (MPAC) this year. These will be also armed with Rafael Spike-ER short range small surface-to-surface missiles and a Rafael Mini Typhoon 12.7mm RCWS.
The boats themselves were ordered as part of the 2nd List of Horizon 1 phase of the RAFPMP. While the report did not mention dates, MaxDefense sources confirmed that the TENTATIVE arrival of the boats will be this June 2019, although that doesn't mean actual delivery to the Philippine Navy, but rather the arrival in preparation for installation of subsystems and additional equipment.
The boats themselves are being built in Taiwan by Lung Teh Shipbuilding using the MPAC Mk.3 design with some improvements, while the armoring, installation of communications and weapons, jumpseats and other equipment will be made in the Philippines by Propmech Corp. Installation of additional items and weapons, as well as the Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) for the MPACs are paid for under the Horizon 2 phase of RAFPMP.
The missiles, launchers, and RCWS will be supplied by Rafael Advance Systems Ltd. of Israel which were ordered through Government to Government (G2G) deal with Israel's Ministry of Defense. These are acquired under the Horizon 2 phase of the RAFPMP.

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