The Multi-Purpose Attack Crafts (MPACs) are some of the Philippine Navy’s (PhN) newest ships, and were first built by the Taiwanese company “Lung Teh Shipbuilding” and then by the Philippine company “Propmech Corporation”. The MPAC is a type of “Fast Assault Craft” that can reach speeds of up to 40-45 knots, carry 16 fully equipped soldiers (along with 2 officers and 3 crewmembers), and then land the soldiers on the beach by virtue of its shallow draft and water jet propulsion system. It has an aluminum hull and a range of around 560km.
The first 3 Lung Teh built ships are considered as the Mk1 versions delivered in 2009, while the next 3 Propmech built boats designated as the Mk2 versions were delivered in 2012. The Mk2 was redesigned as per the lessons learned from operating the Mk1 ships, and the most obvious difference between the two is the design of the Pilot House and placement of Machine Guns. Another 3 MPACs are on order by the PhN, and these will likely be designated as Mk3s.
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