The government’s all-out offensive against the Abu Sayyaf terrorists hiding in the jungles of Sulu and Basilan will be boosted with the deployment of yet to be delivered naval gunboats armed with surface-to-surface missiles, according to Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana.
The Philippine Navy is expecting the delivery of three Multi-purpose Attack Crafts (MPAC) Mark III which are armed with Israeli missile system this year.
3 MPAC MKIII fast crafts are currently being constructed by a joint venture between Filipino Propmech Corporation and Taiwanese builder Lung Teh Shipbuilding Co. Israeli firm Rafael Advanced Defense Systems will be arming these 3 fast crafts.
In an exclusive interview with PNA (Philippine News Agency) on Wednesday, Lorenzana said the surface-to-surface missiles are the latest weapons acquired by the Philippine Navy (PN) as the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) which is long overdue.
The Philippine Navy is now operating 6 MPACs (MK 1 and MKII), all are not armed with missile system. with PNA
(Changed the title from AFP deploys missile firing naval gunboat to Sulu vs Abu Sayyaf to AFP to deploy to-be-delivered missile firing naval gunboat vs Abu Sayyaf.)
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