Philippine Navy MPAC ‘Mk III’ to be armed with heavy, light machine guns, surface-to-surface missiles

Philippine Navy’s three missile-armed Multi-purpose Attack Crafts (MPAC Mk III) will be at least 17 meters long, with waterline length of at least 15 meters. As per Department of National Defense’s Technical Specifications, these MPACs should have a cruising speed of 40 knots and a maximum speed of 45 knots. The Department of National Defense also wants these MPACs to have provisions for remote weapon system for 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun M2HB; and missile launch system and respective remote operating consoles inside the craft. MPAC Mk III should also have provisions for two M60/7.62mm Light Machine Gun.

These three MPACs should also be capable of storing 2,000 rounds for 12.7mm, 4,000 rounds for 7.62mm and 10 canisters of surface-to-surface missiles.

Procurement will be through single-stage open competitive bidding. Bid opening will be on April 6. Delivery of the goods should be within 365 calendar days from receipt of Notice to Proceed or the date provided in the NTP. Delivery will be at Captain Moya Boat Landing, Sangley Point.

Armaments will be procured in separate procurement project.

Philippine Navy is now operating six MPACs. Three from Taiwan (15-meter MPAC Mk 1) while the other three (17-meter MPAC Mk II) were from Filipino shipbuilder Propmech Corporation in Subic Bay, Zambales.