Friday, February 07, 2014
The Philippine Navy  is planning to upgrade its MPAC (multi-purpose attack craft) squadron into a force capable of harassing foreign ships that may intrude in the country's EEZ.

The Philippine Navy currently operates six MPACs, three of which were obtained from Taiwan and the other three from Filipino shipbuilder Propmech Corporation which is based in Subic Bay, Zambales.

Philippine Navy officials said the MPACs are suited for these mission as they could go in, attack or harass the offending vessel and evade quickly. To create the capability, more heavier weapons and longer range sensors and surveillance will be installed on these 45-knot small craft.

Philippine Navy Multi Purpose Attack Cfraft

Philippine Navy  Multi Purpose Attack Craft General Specifications

  • 16.5 meters long
  • 4.76 meters wide 
  • a draft of one meter 
  • top speed of 45 knots
  • capable of operating of up  sea state 3
  • range up to 300 nautical miles
  • capable of 16 fully-equipped troopers or two tons of cargo.

Each one costs around Php 90 million.  The hull is made of high-quality aluminum and is crewed by one officer and four enlisted personnel.
It is capable of carrying



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