MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Navy presented its brand new assets, including 4 amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) and 3 multipurpose attack craft (MPAC) in a ceremony at its headquarters in Manila on Monday, September 23.
The AAVs are versatile armored tanks for ship-to-shore assault operations. The Navy acquired 4 of them in May, and another 4 in August, from the South Korean builder Hanwha Techwin. Each costs around P300 million.
The MPAC are lightweight vessels able to go as fast as 40 knots. Including the 3 newly commissioned MPACs, the Navy has 12 of these boats, some of them armed or will be armed with machine guns and missile systems. Each costs around P270 million.
These acquisitions were part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program. Started in 2013, the program will have the government spend a total of P300 billion until 2028 to build up the military's capabilities.
JC Gotinga often reports about the West Philippine Sea, the communist insurgency, and terrorism as he covers national defense and security for Rappler. He enjoys telling stories about his hometown, Pasig City. JC has worked with Al Jazeera, CNN Philippines, News5, and CBN Asia.