PH Navy attack crafts to be armed by Israeli firm

  • The Defense department has accepted the proposal by an Israeli firm to equip the Philippine Navy’s combat boats
  • The Israeli company will arm the Navy’s MPAC with Typhoon RWS and SPIKE-ER launchers and missiles
  • The contract is worth P594-million and remains part of AFP’s modernization program

MANILA, Philippines – An Israeli firm will equip the Philippine Navy’s upcoming combat boats which will be constructed in a joint venture project between local shipbuilder Propmech Corporation and Taiwanese company Lung Teh Shipbuilding Corporation.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has been awarded the contract to arm the Navy’s 3 future Multi-purpose Attack Crafts (MPAC) with Remote Weapon Station (RWS) – the Mini-Typhoon remote-controlled naval stabilized gun –  and SPIKE-ER launchers and missiles.

The Typhoon RWS can be configured to a ‘gun only’ or a combination of missiles launchers and gun. According to the website Defense Update, citing Navy sources, each Mini-Typhoon will have 2,000 rounds and 10 missile canisters.

The SPIKE-ER is a guided weapon capable of extending the boat’s firepower up to 8 kilometers. It can be very effective against small vessels.

The 3 MPAC will also have provisions  for two M60/7.62mm Light Machine Gun.

The contract worth P594,319,550 (US $ 12.5-M) was awarded by the Department of National Defense to the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems who submitted the proposal for the items.

The project is part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) ongoing modernization program and was included in the P60-billion ‘shopping list’ of defense assets approved by President Benigno Aquino III in July last year.

Included in the list are the purchase of multi-purpose attack craft project worth P864.32 million and night fighting system worth P1.116 billion.

Earlier, the Philippine government has allocated P35 billion for the AFP modernization program budget for 2016 which will be used mainly for the payment of 12 FA-50 fighter jets it earlier purchased from South Korea; 2 of which were delivered last November.

The P35-B is part of the P158.86-B budget the AFP has earlier proposed for 2016.