PH Navy to purchase corvettes and fast attack crafts

PH Navy to purchase corvettes and fast attack crafts

The morale of every soldier is high when they can feel the government is hell bent in making their lives as such easier, an example would be government providing the necessary equipment to properly do one’s sworn duty.

The Philippine Navy is such an organization in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP),because they will be acquiring brand new corvettes and missile-armed fast interdictor as part of its modernization plans.

It was announced by Flag Officer in Command Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad that, President Roa Rodrigo Duterte recently approved the acquisition of brand new two corvettes with an approved budget of P28 billion and eight fast attack craft/ interdiction craft missile with a budget of P10 billion.

Israel gave the proposal to the Philippine Navy its Shaldag Mk 5 fast patrol boat
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Empedrad said the two corvettes would be “more powerful” than the two upcoming Jose Rizal-class frigates because of its “more sophisticated and more modern weapons system.”

The  8 fast attack craft/ interdiction craft missile will be equipped with non-line of sight missile that can hit target 25 kilometers away with key-point accuracy.

“This capability can easily destroy the enemy in a Marawi-type war,” Empedrad said.

The FOIC also floated the possibility of acquiring two submarines and shore-based missile systems in the future.

“After the war, we are one of the most powerful navies in Asia. Six decades later, we are probably the weakest, if not the weakest,” Empedrad said. 

The Philippine Navy is seeking to upgrade and modernize everything that can be done during the Duterte administration, because his successor might not share the same sentiments regarding the much needed AFP modernization goals.

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