18 Agustus 2016
Shaldaq FPB (all photos : israel-shipyards)
According to very credible sources involved in the project, the Philippine Navy recently released a Request for Information (RFI) for 6 Fast Attack Crafts to equip the Littoral Combat Force, Philippine Fleet. This is to fulfill a partial requirement under the Philippine Navy’s Capability Upgrade Program's Horizon 2 phase.
Despite bring a Horizon 2 project, it is now being front-loaded for early processing rather than wait until 2018 due to the prerogatives of new Philippine president, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in beefing up the capabilities to fight internal threats like insurgency, terrorism, and drug shipments as part of his overall security plan.
The Philippine Navy released a Request for Information to Israel Shipyards recently, and a formal offer was made in response. The requirement is for a fast attack craft larger than the MPAC and almost the same size as the Andrada-class patrol gunboats of the PN.
SHALDAG Fast Patrol Boat highlights
*Designed for security operations requiring high intercept speeds, without sacrificing vessel control.
*Easy to operate, with low maintenance needs.
*Fitted with modern light-weight weapons systems.
-Acceleration 0-40 Knots in one minute
-Turning diameter of about 150m at 40 Knots
-Very shallow draft
-Exceptionally low slamming in all sea states
-Dry decks at all speeds
-High speed maintained in rough seas
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