The Philippine Navy acquired eight Shaldag Mk V patrol boats from the Israel Shipyars shipyard as part of the Department of Defense’s FAIC-M program. This has been confirmed by the Asian country’s press agencies, which have not reported the deadlines or the amount of the acquisition. These ships will replace other veterans who have been in service since the mid-1990s.
The Shaldag Mk V is the largest member of the Shaldag Family of Rapid Patrols (RPF) of the Israeli shipyards. It is made of marine aluminum and is powered by hydrojets. With high maneuverability, it reaches a speed of over 40 knots. With a length of 32.6 meters, a width of 6.2 meters and a minimum draft, they can penetrate coastal waters and even rivers and are designed for patrol operations, security or the protection of the exclusive economic zone. They have a displacement of 95 tons, a crew of 14, a range of six days and 1,000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots.
They can include remote deployment stations up to 25mm, usually from the Typhoon family owned by Israel Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, as well as light and medium machine guns and even anti-ship missiles that can be used to attack surface or coastal targets. In the case of the Philippine Navy, four are expected to be armed with the aforementioned missiles, possibly spike missiles from the aforementioned Rafael. If it’s the Spike ER variant that’s already built into these boats, it’s a quadruple rocket launcher that is 10km. with warheads of the type PBF (penetration, blast and fragmentation), with which light boats can be fired at others with larger packaging. (Jos M Navarro Garca)
Photo: Shaldag Mk V (Israel Shipyards)
In this view, the typhoon tower to the bow, two light RWS on the sides and a multiple spike rocket launcher (Israel Shipyards) are visible.
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