The Philippines has signed a contract with Israel for the supply of Shaldag MK V fast patrol crafts for Philippine Navy.
Shipbuilder Israel Shipyards revealed in a press statement last week that it has signed an agreement with Israeli Ministry of Defense and the customer for the supply of Shaldag MK Vs. In report by Inquirer.net, Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Director Arsenio Andolong confirmed that the customer being referred to by Israel Shipyards was Philippines.
Israel Shipyards noted that the contract includes transfer of knowledge regarding the construction of the vessel.
It also noted that it will conduct training at the customer’s facility regarding construction of Shaldag MK V sections as well as maintenance of the vessel.
“At Israel Shipyards we work tirelessly to enable our customers to receive a comprehensive and long-term solution for their various needs in securing their maritime borders ‒ from the construction of vessels suitable for missions in the region, to knowledge transfer services that enable long-term savings for the customer. We are thankful for the fruitful cooperation with the Ministry of Defense and the customer,” Israel Shipyards CEO Eitan Zucker said.
“The Shaldag MK V, as with all members of the Shaldag Class, provides a high level of maneuverability and seakeeping. Designed to operate in distant arenas, it is cost-effective with a high firepower-to-displacement ratio. The Shaldag MK V is a recognized leader in the protection of littoral and EEZ waters,” Israel Shipyards said.
According to Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo the first three of eight Shaldag MK Vs are expected to be delivered first quarter 2022.