Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo has revealed to Philippine News Agency (PNA) that before 2020 ends a milestone was reached for the Fast Attack Interdiction Craft-Missile (FAIC-M) Acquisition Project.
“Another milestone was achieved just recently which includes the successful negotiations for the Lot 1 (Platforms) & Lot 2 (Combat Systems and Missiles) of the Fast Attack Interdiction Craft-Missile (FAIC-M) Acquisition Project,” Vice Admiral Bacordo said as quoted by PNA.
“This resulted in the provisions for an additional one unit with one set of remote combat weapon systems (on top of the programmed eight units FAIC-M) for the PN and an upgrade of the Naval Ship Yard – without additional cost to the government,” the Navy chief said. “Hence, the PN expects to obtain a total of nine missile-equipped FAICs in the coming years.”
Bacordo noted that delivery of FAIC-Ms, which will replace the force of patrol killer medium (PKM) or medium-sized patrol craft, is expected to start in 2022.
The project is under the Horizon 2 project list of the current Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program. It has a budget of PHP10 billion and is for multi-year contracting.
Four FAIC-Ms will be armed with non-line-of-sight (NLOS) missiles with pinpoint accuracy and a range of 25 kilometers while the non-missile variants will be armed with machine guns and light automatic cannons.
According to the Navy, the FAIC-Ms will the Navy capability to defend key sea lines of communications (SLOCs), such as Mindoro, Balabac, Sibutu, and Basilan Straits against conventional threats.
The FAIC-Ms can also interdict surface threats and launch NLOS missiles safely using the surrounding littoral areas as maneuver space and cover.