The proponent for Batch 4 of the Multi-Purpose Assault Craft (MPAC) project is now undergoing the post-qualification phase, Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said Friday.
“[The proponent for] Batch 4 of the MPACs are now subject to post-qualification. [These MPACs] have [almost] the same specifications [as the Batch 3] and will be armed each with the [Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd] Spike-ER [surface-to-surface missiles],” Andolong noted.
This project will consist of three boats, Andolong disclosed.
Batch 3 MPACs, which consists of three boats, were constructed by the Subic-based Propmech Corporation and activated on May 22, 2017. All of the above-mentioned MPACs are being fitted with the Spike-ER launchers and missiles as of this posting.
Once these Batch 4 MPACs are constructed and activated, the Philippine Navy (PN) will be operating a force of 12 MPACs, with six of the vessels armed with the Israeli-made missile system.
The latter is the first missile system acquired by the PN and is capable of penetrating 1,000 mm (39 inches) of rolled homogeneous armor and has a range of eight kilometers. PNA