Philippine Navy arming multi-purpose assault crafts with missile system

Philippine Navy Vice-commander Rear Admiral Caesar C. Taccad said that there will be three missile-armed multi-purpose assault craft (MPACS). “It will be armed with stabilized weapon system with fire control complemented with a short to medium range missile system.”

These MPACs will be used for territorial sea interdiction operations with maritime situational awareness and limited credible deterrence for the protection of the country’s interest at the West Philippine Sea, Taccad said in a modernization briefing.

Three out of six MPACs owned by Philippine Navy were from Taiwan while the other three were from Filipino shipbuilder Propmech Corporation in Subic Bay, Zambales.

Currently, MPACs are armed with a .50 caliber and two 7.62mm machine guns.