PH Navy's Israeli made missile boats to arrive next week

PH Navy's Israeli made missile boats to arrive next week


The Philippine Navy continues to grow as an organization and as a

modernizing navy this side of the planet.


It was recently announced that the Israeli-made missile boats will be delivered next week.


Israel's Shaldag Mk 5 fast patrol boat
(photo credit to owner)

According to flag officer in command Vice Adm. Adeluis Bordado. Israel Shipyards Ltd. built the boats while their weapons will be procured from another Israeli company, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Co. Ltd. The two boats will be named BRP Nestor Acero (PG-901) and BRP Lolinato To-ong (PG-902).



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Under the procurement contract with Israel, five of the boats would be built in Israel while the rest would be built at a naval shipyard in Sangley Point, Cavite, starting next year.

The procurement of the eight patrol boats is worth P10 billion was already approved by President Rodrigo R. Duterte during a recent command conference, according to then PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad .


The arrival of the first 2 Shaldag Mk. V fast attack interdiction crafts (FAIC) comprising the future BRP Nestor Acero (901) and BRP Lolinato To-ong (902) are expected to arrive in the Philippines next week. (Mangosing, PDI)

"These eight 'Shaldags' will replace our PKMs (which were acquired from South Korea in 1995) which we are now starting to retire. The last PKM we retired was PKM 112 (BRP Bienvenido Salting)," Empedrad said.


Under the procurement project, four of the patrol boats will be armed with non-line-of-sight (NLOS) missiles with pinpoint accuracy and a range of 25 kilometers.

"With the FAIC-M, the PN shall have the capability to defend the key sea lines of communications, such as Mindoro, Balabac, Sibutu and Basilan Straits against conventional threats. Operating in restricted waters, the FAIC-Ms can interdict surface threats and launch NLOS missiles safely using the surrounding littoral areas as maneuver space and cover," then PN spokesperson, Captain Jonathan Zata said 




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