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Philippines orders attack craft from Israel

2nd February 2021 - 00:02 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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Although some acquisition programmes are stalled, the Philippine Navy is now assured of receiving nine attack boats from Israel Shipyards.

As the Philippine Navy (PN) awaits the arrival of its second frigate from South Korea, a notice of award has just been issued for eight missile-equipped fast attack interdiction craft (FAIC-M) from Israel.

It was awarded to Israel Shipyards by the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) on 4 January. Expected to be signed as a contract this month or next, this government-to-government deal for Shaldag MK V-based boats is worth PHP6.16 billion ($127.9 million).

It is understood that Israel will provide an additional boat ex gratia, although there is no information as to whether it is new or second-hand.

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