PH Navy to commission 4 amphibious vehicles, 3 attack crafts

PH Navy to commission 4 amphibious vehicles, 3 attack crafts




In a welcome development for a modernizing organization, the Philippine Navy (PN) is scheduled to commission into service four additional amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs) and three three more multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC) this coming September.
"The four AAVs along with the three MPACs will be commissioned into service this coming September 16," Navy flag officer in command, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said in a press briefing held at the PN headquarters in Naval Station Jose Andrada in Manila 


It may be recalled during the 121st Philippine Navy founding anniversary the first four AAVs were commissioned.

Philippine Navy's missile capable multi-purpose attack craft (MPACs)
(photo credit to owner)


The second batch arrived just this month and had successfully completed their Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee on the same month.
The 8 Hanwha Defense Systems (HDS) KAAV7A1 amphibious assault vehicles contract is worth PHP2.42 billion.

The KAAV7A1 amphibious assault vehicles is armed with the Up-Gunned Weapon Station (UGWS) for a 12.7mm heavy machine gun and 40mm automatic grenade launcher, and the Enhanced Applique Armor Kit (EAAK) similar to the BAE Systems AAV7A1 used by the US Marine Corps.
Hanwha Defense Systems (HDS) KAAV7A1 amphibious assault vehicle
(photo credit to owner)

Meanwhile, there will be three missile capable multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC) that will also be commissioned.
This would boost the number of missile-armed MPACs of the Philippine Navy (PN) to six.

These MPACs can cruise up to 45 knots and are armed with remotely-controlled .50-caliber machineguns aside from the Spike-ER missiles.





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Report from PNA

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