Saturday, January 16, 2016

Another Navy MPAC up for maintenance, dry-docking

From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 17): Another Navy MPAC up for maintenance, dry-docking

Another multi-purpose assault craft (MPAC), BA-482, is scheduled for repairs and dry-docking by first quarter of 2016.

Budget for the project is placed at PHP2,575,609.76.

Winning bidders are required to deliver the services and other items needed for the repairs within 45 calendar days, the bid bulletin from the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System said.

Pre-bid conference is set on Jan. 18, 9:00 a.m. at the Office of the PN Bids and Awards Committee Bonifacio Naval Station, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

MPACs measure 16.5 meters long, 4.76 meters wide and has a draft of one meter and a top speed of 45 knots.

The Philippine Navy has six MPAC units and anther three is in the process of being ordered.

Each one around PHP90 million and has a range 300 nautical miles.

The hull is made of high-quality aluminum and is crewed by one officer and four enlisted personnel.

It is capable of carrying 16 fully-equipped troopers or two tons of cargo.

MPACs capable of operating in territorial waters up to "Sea State 3" (slight waves) without any system degradation.

It is armed with one .50 caliber and two 7.62 mm machine guns.

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