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Re: Retitled: Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) program
« Reply #255 on: July 20, 2009, 07:55:16 PM »
What is the final configuration of weapons for this MPAC?  I think that dual 50cal MG are mounted on a CB90?

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Re: Retitled: Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) program
« Reply #256 on: July 21, 2009, 05:09:05 AM »
Most likely those pintle-mounted M60s.

I don't see why these boats have to be beefed up in terms of armanents.. M60s can do the job quite nicely. Saves the PN a bit of money in operational costs too.
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Re: Retitled: Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) program
« Reply #257 on: July 22, 2009, 04:17:56 PM »
Members of the Philippine Navy’s Special Warfare Assault Group inspect a trawler for explosives or illegal weapons Tuesday, July 22, 2009 near Pilas group of islands in the Sulu Sea off Zamboanga City. Admiral Alexander Pama, a regional navy chief, has ordered an intensified patrol in the troubled region following the recent bombings of the Marriot and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Indonesia and the spate of bombings in Mindanao and Sulu in the southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

     

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Navy deploys new vessels to Mindanao
By Bong Garcia

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/zamboanga/navy-deploys-new-vessels-mindanao

THE Philippine Navy has deployed two of its three newly acquired Multi-Purpose Attack Crafts (MPACs) boosting security in the southern Philippines area.

The deployment came after its crew has completed the familiarization and aboard ship training, which are needed in handling and maneuvering such type of vessel.

Last Saturday, a group of local reporters, mostly national correspondents from Zamboanga City and from the Defense Press Corps (DPC) covering Camp Aguinaldo were given the opportunity to ride the brand-new vessels.

The others who joined the ride were two Basilan town mayors and policemen.

The group was ferried from Majini pier of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (Navfowesmin) headquarters to Basilan province.

The reporters covered the visit of Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro, who conferred with civil and military officials as the military braces for an all-out war against the Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan as well as in Sulu.

Escorted by two machine gun-mounted rubber inflatable boats, the MPACs' crew showed to the reporters the maneuver capabilities while traveling to Basilan province from Zamboanga City.

The captain of the ship periodically advised the passengers to "brace yourselves, we are changing formation" or while increasing speed as they maneuvered.

Philippine Navy spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Edgard Arevalo earlier disclosed that the each unit of the machine gun-mounted MPAC can cruise at top speed of up to 42 knots and can load up to 20 fully armed Marine Force Recon or Navy Seal teams.

Arevalo said the MPACs will beef up the much needed floating assets in Palawan and Mindanao to run after violators of maritime, environmental, anti-drug, tariffs and customs, and immigration laws.

The deployment of the two MPAC units boosts the capability of the Navforwesmin in guarding the southern frontier.
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Re: Retitled: Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) program
« Reply #258 on: July 22, 2009, 05:27:24 PM »
Definitely wishing there were more hulls laid in the MPAC contract. But this is already good, and a step in the right direction, it's nice to see those boats have also been deployed where they are needed the most.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Retitled: Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) program
« Reply #259 on: July 22, 2009, 08:40:05 PM »
Definitely wishing there were more hulls laid in the MPAC contract. But this is already good, and a step in the right direction, it's nice to see those boats have also been deployed where they are needed the most.  :thumbsup:

Down south. I as well hopes that more of these will follow.
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Re: Retitled: Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) program
« Reply #260 on: July 22, 2009, 10:08:32 PM »
Is the MPAC comparable in performance with the Swedish made CB90?
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Re: Retitled: Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) program
« Reply #261 on: July 23, 2009, 12:26:06 AM »
Latest pic of the MPAC looks GREAT and AWESOME........Lets not compare our MPAC with CB90 or we go on endless discussion.  Think that MPAC is the Filipino version of CB90 with systems fitted for our Philippines SEAS.

I believe we can fully secure our Coastal Sea Territorial lanes with we have more of these MPAC.   

Are they gonna mount a 50cal MG near its TOP MAST (same as CB90) as Forward Fire-Support.

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Confirmed: PN MPAC are made in...
« Reply #262 on: August 02, 2009, 11:46:40 PM »
TAIWAN!
http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=488387&publicationSubCategoryId=63

"Rear Adm. Alexander Pama, Naval Forces Western Mindanao Command chief, showed how the Taiwan-made multi-purpose craft, traveling at speeds of 45 knots and above, cruise the rough seas of Basilan to match the speed of the twin-engine rubber inflatable boats."


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Re: Confirmed: PN MPAC are made in...
« Reply #263 on: August 02, 2009, 11:50:17 PM »
The gunners look so unprotected.

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Re: Confirmed: PN MPAC are made in...
« Reply #264 on: August 02, 2009, 11:53:09 PM »
I wonder how much the MPAC would have cost if it were made here. Assuming that the designs & drawings are Filipino made.

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Re: Confirmed: PN MPAC are made in...
« Reply #265 on: August 02, 2009, 11:55:13 PM »
The gunners look so unprotected.


The photo shows an RHIB actually.
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Re: Confirmed: PN MPAC are made in...
« Reply #266 on: August 02, 2009, 11:58:12 PM »
Assuming that the designs & drawings are Filipino made.

Those two bits were confirmed by a well placed Timawan in the DND.

The boats were designed by Filipinos. The contract was awarded to a Philippine company which had a manufacturing arrangement with a Taiwanese yard. It is unclear whether or not succeeding boats would be built in Taiwan or in the Philippines.

We held off confirming Taiwan as the source, as per request, to give the PN first dibs at revealing that particular detail. Although other sources were leaking this information on their own.

The People's Republic of China reportedly filed a protest around the time of construction of these boats. But since the decision to build the boats in Taiwan was actually made by the Filipino company, not the government, the PRC protest was brushed off.

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http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=488387&publicationSubCategoryId=63

"Rear Adm. Alexander Pama, Naval Forces Western Mindanao Command chief, showed how the Taiwan-made multi-purpose craft, traveling at speeds of 45 knots and above, cruise the rough seas of Basilan to match the speed of the twin-engine rubber inflatable boats."

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The MPAC craft have radar capability to monitor floating objects and are highly maneuverable for intercept and pursuit operations, with several light to heavy machineguns mounted on the bow and rear, he added.

Pama said these craft could cut through shallow waters to pursue terrorists utilizing mangroves and shallow waters to evade pursuers.

The MPAC could also facilitate quick troop deployment as a high speed craft, he added.

Pama said the two MPACs were part of the Navy’s upgrade capability program.

“The Navy continued to intensify its security against all criminalities, specially the terrorists using the seas to carry out their nefarious activities,” he said.
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Re: Confirmed: PN MPAC are made in...
« Reply #267 on: August 03, 2009, 12:31:31 AM »
The photo shows an RHIB actually.

The gunners look so unprotected.


I could be wrong but i think he was referring to this:

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Re: Retitled: Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) program
« Reply #268 on: August 03, 2009, 03:00:54 AM »
I think he was referring to the picture in the news article as per attached the link.



Members of the naval forces of Western Mindanao monitor the seas of Zamboanga and Isabela, Basilan using rigid inflatable boats and multi-purpose assault craft. Boy Santos
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Re: Retitled: Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) program
« Reply #269 on: August 03, 2009, 03:19:37 AM »
Ok. But i see that on both the MPAC and the RHIB, the gunner is fully exposed. Can't they fashion some sort of shield for that?
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