The Philippine Navy has commissioned its first two fast-attack interdictor craft-missiles (FAIC-Ms) vessels, equipped with full-integrated naval combat suite provided by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

This information was shared by Israel-based company Rafael in a media release.

The two FAIC-Ms boats, according to Rafael, are fully integrated with multi-million-dollar naval combat suite, comprising of a combat management system (CMS), naval spike missiles along with internal and external communication system, called SeaCom.

Other combat-proven technology and systems included in Rafael’s combat suite include BNET tactical data link as well as Typhoon and mini-Typhoon remote operating weapon systems.

The first two of eight Shaldag Mk V or FAIC-Ms boats were recently christened by the PN during a ceremony in Manila, Philippines and were named BRP Nestor Acero (PG-901) and BRP Lolinato To-Ong (PG-902).

The vessels are being constructed by Israel Shipyards as part of PN’s FAIC-M project.

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The company is also providing the associated training, maintenance and support services to the PN. 

Rafael Naval Warfare systems Directorate head and vice-president Ran Tavorsaid: “This contract serves as another example of Rafael’s ability to integrate the most advanced defence solutions on a variety of platforms.

“We are proud of what this achievement means not only for Rafael, but for the Philippine Navy and their enhanced naval superiority capabilities.

“These new naval assets will provide our Philippine partners with the capabilities to deal with a variety of threats and establish a fortified defence in the naval arena.”

Prior to the commissioning of PG-901 and PG-902, a team of PN performed trials and inspection visited Israel to test the vessels’ combat systems.

Conducted in June, the trials included live-fire test of Typhoon/Mini-Typhoon guns, to assess its performance, functionality and capabilities.