RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. is announcing that two FAIC-M/SHALDAG MK5 vessels with a fully-integrated RAFAEL naval combat suite have been commissioned by the Philippine Navy. The two vessels manufactured by Israel Shipyards Ltd., provided to the Philippine Navy, serve as the first fully-integrated vessels with the naval combat suite out of a total of 9 which the Philippine Navy will ultimately receive. RAFAEL’s naval combat suite, which is valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, includes a Combat Management System (CMS), Typhoon and Mini-Typhoon Remote Operating Weapon Systems, Naval Spike Missiles, SeaCom Internal and external Communication System and BNET Tactical Data Link, as well as training, support and maintenance services.
The Shaldag-class patrol boat (Kingfisher) is a small but fast class of patrol boats developed for the Israeli Navy and launched in 1989, it has since seen service with several other navies. Designed for security tasks where high intercept speeds are required, such as interdiction of terrorism and illegal smuggling. Its salient features high speed in rough seas, with good seakeeping and outstanding maneuverability, exceptionally low slamming in all sea states, dry decks at all speeds and very spacious and accessible internal arrangement.
Ran Tavor, Vice President and head of RAFAEL’s Naval Warfare systems Directorate: “We congratulate the Philippine Navy for commissioning its first two FAIC-M / SHALDAG MK5 vessels. This contract serves as another example of RAFAEL’s ability to integrate the most advanced defense 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 defense in the naval arena.”
RAFAEL’s Naval Combat Suite is based on combat-proven technology and systems, relying on years of experience and deep operational know-how in various naval arenas and scenarios, and integrating combat-proven technologies in all domains. RAFAEL’s off-the-shelf, leading technologies and solutions, provide naval forces defense superiority in littoral and blue water against all modern naval threats above and below the waves.