The Philippine Navy is set to receive units of new Israel-made fast attack interdiction craft-missile (FAIC-M) after the Department of National Defense (DND) awarded Israel Shipyards and Rafael contracts under the FAIC-M Acquisition Project.
The project involves 8 units of fast attack crafts. However, Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said in December 2020 that negotiations regarding the said project “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.”
Four fast attack crafts will be armed with missile systems which will be supplied by Rafael.
The platform to be used for the said project is Israel Shipyards’ Shaldag MK V.
According to Israel Shipyards, Shaldag Mk. V, which is the largest in Shaldag family of fast patrol craft, is a combat-proven, all-aluminum, light and fast vessel with higher payload capacity, designed for naval security missions.
“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.
Shaldag MK V has an overall length of 32.65 meters, maximum beam of 6.20 meters, and displacement of 95 tons. It has a maximum speed of over 40 knots and range of 1000 nautical miles at speed of 12 knots.
Vice Admiral Bacordo also noted in December 2020 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.