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.
The new administration policy is giving importance to defeat the internal security threats which loom at large as a step by the Philippines Navy, procuring three more MPAC to equip the forces with a view to combat terrorism, narcotics, piracy, insurgency which are wide spread. Having an enhanced Approved Budget contract in getting these to include missile launchers and larger design to be carry more RCW’s, read more for the purpose behind these acquisition projects which are currently the fastest assets added in to the navy Combat forces.
Originally planned to be as assault boats, for fast insertion and extraction of special operation troopers, the boats are now used for various other activities like ship boarding operations, search and rescue, and the swarm tactics against large ships, frigates, terrorist carrying weapons, suicide bombers and other lethal operations.
The MPAC are being groomed to carry other future amphibious platforms which Philippines Navy is planning to acquire in near future. They are also focusing on the acquisition of larger fast boats which will be equipped with short range missile systems, used for lithoral patrols. The penetration levels of the MPAC is 39 inches of rolled armor with a maximum range of nearly five miles, among the other requirements placed.
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.