The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on May 31 released the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) for Department of National Defense (DND)’s Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) Combat System and Capability Upgrade project under the Second Horizon of the Revised AFP Modernization Program (RAFPMP).
SARO is an authorization issued by DBM to an agency allowing to incur obligation for specified amounts contained in a legislative appropriation.
The SARO for MPAC Combat System and Capability Upgrade project has a total amount PHP722 million.
According to MaxDefense Philippines, the amount will be used to procure ammunition, gun and missile systems of Philippine Navy’s upcoming 4th batch of MPACs.
The DBM released the SARO for the 4th batch of MPACs – 10th, 11th, and 12th – in December 2017.
MaxDefense noted that like the first acquisition of weapons systems for the 7th, 8th, and 9th MPACs under Horizon 1, this Horizon 2 project might be a government-to-government acquisition between the Philippines and Israel and might be awarded again to Rafael for the same Spike-ER missiles, Typhoon MLS-ER and Mini Typhoon Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS).
The 3rd batch of MPACs – 7th, 8th, and 9th – which are Mark IIIs are currently being fitted with Israeli Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ Typhoon Missile Launch System (MLS)-ER.
MaxDefense said that the MPAC Combat System and Capability Upgrade project is also meant to improve the capability of older MPACs (Mark I and II) – 1st to 6th – although it is still unclear which capabilities are covered.
Sources: https://www.facebook.com/Maxdefense/posts/719572171546776; https://www.dbm.gov.ph/index.php/programs-projects/special-allotment-release-order-saro; https://www.dbm.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/BESF/BESF2012/GLOSSARY.pdf;