The six MPACs (multi-purpose attack craft) in the Philippine Navy service are scheduled for an upgrade that will make them more capable in carrying out their various missions.
"The PN has plans for upgrade for the current fleet of MPACs but we have no details yet on what it will consist," he added.
Observers, however, said that this may consist of installation of more advanced radar and sensor equipment and possibly of more longer range weaponry.
Three of the PN's MPACs were sourced from Taiwan while the three others were ordered from Filipino shipbuilder Propmech Corporation, which is based in Subic Bay, Zambales.
These ships are 16.5 meters long, 4.76 meters wide and has a draft of one meter, a top speed of 45 knots and a range of 300 nautical miles. Each cost around P90 million.
The hull is made of high-quality aluminum.
Crewed by one officer and four enlisted personnel, it is capable of carrying 16 fully-equipped troopers or two tons of cargo.
The MPAC is capable of operating in territorial waters up to "Sea State 3" (slight waves) without any system degradation.
It is armed with one .50 caliber and two 7.62mm machine guns. (PNA)