These Missile Boats Built by Israel Will Now Defend Philippine Waters

They're fast and can sting.
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Two new missile boats have been transferred to the Philippine Navy by Israel Shipyards. The fast-attack interdiction craft-missiles (FAIC-Ms) aim to bolster the Philippines’ caabilities in securing its littoral waters. 

 The fast ships are designed for security tasks involving high intercept speeds. It has a solid reputation in seakeeping and maneuverability in all sea states. It performs well in rough seas and difficult weather. The Shaldag class craft was originally intended for protecting against and neutralizing terrorist threats.

“These ships could be deployed to patrol and protect our littorals from any possible threats,” PN spokesperson Commander Benjo Negranza said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency Tuesday.

“This acquisition aims to strengthen the country's naval capability in terms of enhancing littoral defense and maritime interdiction operations as it will complement the previously acquired 12 MPAC (multi-purpose attack craft) of the PN,” Negranza said.

These 32-meter high-speed vessels are equipped with quick intercept ability, remote stabilized weapons, and short-range missiles that are capable to deliver precision strikes against larger hostiles and high-value targets on land and sea.It's 

According to Janes, a global open-source site for defense intelligence, the Philippine Navy chose Israel Shipyards to provide missile-capable fast attack interdiction craft to expand its littoral combat force—hinting the attack boats will be used in the West Philippine Sea, a major flashpoint in the Asia Pacific region. 

Back in February 2021, the Philippine Department of National Defense revealed it was eyeing the purchase of four Shaldag Mark V, but Israel Shipyards offered an additional one unit for free.

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The Philippine and Israeli governments negotiated a deal that is worth P6.2 billion, which is a relatively affordable price for such brand-new equipment. 

Four of the vessels will be made at the Cavite shipyard using Israel’s technology. They will be ready for commissioning in 2022, and will replace the navy's aging fleet of Tomas Batillo-class patrol ships. 

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