Philippine Navy confirms the purchase of eight Israeli-made Shaldag Mk V fast patrol boats

According to information published by the Philippine News Agency on February 2021, Philippine Navy has confirmed the purchase of eight Israeli-made Shaldag Mk V fast patrol boats under the FAIC-M project of the Philippine Department of National Defense.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Israeli-made Shaldag Mk V patrols boat. (Picture source Israel Shipyards)

In July 2020, Navy Recognition has published news to announce the interest of the Philippine Navy to acquire eight Shaldag-class fast patrol boats to replace its medium-sized patrol crafts that have been in use since the mid-1990s.

The Shaldag Mk V patrols boats will be armed with a remotely operated weapon station and four boats will be equipped with guided missile weapons.

The Shaldag MK V is a small but fast class of patrol boats developed by Israel Shipyards. The version V of the Shaldag family is an improved version offering more performances and space. The Shaldag Class’s largest family member is a combat-proven, all-aluminum, light and fast vessel with higher payload capacity, designed for naval security missions.

The SHALDAG MK V has an overall length of 32.65 m, a maximum beam of 6.2 m, and a displacement of 95 tons. It has the capacity to carry up to 14 crew members and can reach a top speed of 40 knots with a maximum cruising range of 1,000 nautical miles at 12 knots. The endurance of SHALDAG MK V is six days.

The Shaldag Mk V can be armed with different types of weapon systems including the Typhoon remotely operated weapon station armed with 20 or 25mm automatic cannon, 12.7mm or 7.62mm machine guns as well as short-range anti-ship missiles to engage targets at sea or on the coastline.

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