Navy’s missile-capable assault crafts to be built in Philippines

Three Multi-purpose Assault Craft or MPACs of Philippine Navy that will serve as platform for advanced weapon system (remote weapons system as well as missile launch system—Lot 2) will be built in Philippines in accordance to the approved technical specifications of the Navy. “It will be armed with stabilized weapon system with fire control complemented with a short to medium range missile system,” Navy Vice-commander Rear Admiral Caesar C. Taccad said.

The Department of National Defense allocated PhP270 million from the General Appropriations Act for the acquisition of these 3 brand-new MPACS. Single-stage open competitive bidding will open on April 6. Winning bidder, must be the manufacturer, should deliver goods in 365 days after receiving the Notice to Proceed.

The government will be procuring the missile launch system in a separate acquisition project. These MPACs should be capable of operating at sea state five with 2.5 to 4 metres of waves or rough sea condition without systems degradation.

Philippine Navy is now operating six MPACs. Three were built by Taiwan while the other three were built by Filipino shipbuilder Propmech Corporation in Subic Bay, Zambales.