cial U.S. Treasury account and
companies that are producing natural gas in the Leviathan and
Tamar offshore gas fields.
Germany also agreed to a $181
million offset deal with Israel’s Industrial Cooperation Authority. The total
contract price does not include
weapons, which will originate from
Israel once the ships are delivered.
Construction should begin by the
end of the year, with all hulls being
delivered by 2020. Each ship will be
outfitted in Israel with local systems
following arrival. The Israeli MEKO
80s will be smaller than the 1,840-
ton K-130 variants in service with
the German Navy, although they
will retain the flight deck to support
one medium-sized helicopter or two
unmanned aerial vehicles.
The Israeli combat systems suite
are expected to include the Elbit
Systems ENTCS 2000 CMS (based
on an open, fully distributed archi-
tecture and commercial, off-the-
shelf systems building blocks), an
Elta Systems EL/M-2258 Advanced
Lightweight Phased Array radar, a
16-cell vertical launch system for
the domestically produced IAI
Barak 1, eight Gabriel 5 surface-to-
surface missiles launched from two
quad canisters and two Rafael
Typhoon 25mm auto-cannons.
Non-Israeli equipment likely will
include OTO Melara 76/62 super
rapid gun and one Raytheon Mk15
20mm Phalanx close-in weapon
Philippine Attack Craft
Program Awaits Funding
The Philippine Navy’s MultiPurpose Attack Craft (Batch III)
Program has been put on hold as
the Department of Budget and
Management has yet to release the
estimated $6.043 million required
to start the construction phase.
The procurement process relative
to the program will resume as soon
as the revised Armed Forces of the
Philippines Modernization Program
is approved and the funds are released. The government has yet to
announce the approval date of the
latest Modernization Program,
which could occur at any time.
Bid openings were originally
scheduled for April. The program
is for three Batch III units and will
include mission essential equipment and the initial integrated
logistics support package.
The units will be up-armed with
10 surface-to-surface missile canisters and a Remote Weapon Station.
Payment for these systems will be
through a separate funding line. ■
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