PH to buy attack ships for territorial protection

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

MANILA -- The Philippines will buy additional sea vessels worth P270 million to improve territorial protection operations, an official said Saturday.

In a statement, Department of National Defense (DND) Undersecretary Fernando Manalo said they are already accepting bidders for the acquisition of three more Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) which has the ability to launch missiles.

“The winning bidder must be able to deliver the MPAC within 540 calendar days from the opening of the letter of credit,” said Manalo, chairman of the DND special bids and awards committee.

Once the sea crafts are delivered, another separate contract will be given to the supplier for the missile launch system and remote weapon installation.

The Philippine Navy is currently utilizing its two sea war vessels, the BRP Ramon Alcaraz and BRP Gregorio del Pilar, and three peacock-class gun boats in patrolling and protecting areas, including the disputed West Philippine Sea. (Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

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