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ORD PABAC2 012-20 Watercraft (Patrol Boat) Acquisition Project of the Philippine Army


The Philippine Army (PA) has started to improve and modernize its riverine capabilities, which is among their existing capabilities that are not well known to the general public.

Aside from the acquisition of several riverine operations boats under the Revised AFP Modernization Program's Horizon 2 Phase, the Philippine Army has also opened tender for additional boats, funded by their annual operating budget.

In this resource page, the discussion will focus on the acquisition of 8 new Watercraft Patrol Boats during Fiscal Year 2020.

The Light Boat from Stoneworks Specialist International, as displayed by the Philippine Army. The contract for additional boats call for a similar design as the Light Boats.

Project Summary:

Watercraft (Patrol Boat) Acquisition Project 

Note: edit as of 09 October 2021

* Project Number: ORD PABAC2-012-20 

* End User: Philippine Army (Special Forces Regiment - Airborne)

Quantity: 8 boats

* Modernization Phase: Horizon 2 Phase of RAFPMP

* Project ABC: Php28,000,000.00

Acquisition Mode: Public Bidding

* Source of Funding: GAA Funds of the Philippine Army FY2020

* Winning Proponent: Stoneworks Specialists International Corp.

Product for Delivery: 27' FRP-hulled Light Boats, with Trailer

* Contract Price: Php28,000,000.00

* First post by MaxDefense: 09 October 2021 (this post)

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag/s: #PAWatercraftAcquisition 

Status: Separate procurement from Riverine Equipment Project, and was procured using Philippine Army's GAA Funds from FY2020. Submission of Bids was made on 22 December 2020, with the project eventually awarded to Stoneworks Specialist International Corp. Contract and Notice to Proceed were released on 28 December 2020. Delivery expected to be on or before 31 August 2021. PROJECT COMPLETED

Photo taken from and credited to the Philippine Army.

Acquisition of Additional Light Boats:

The Philippine Army already has an ongoing contract to supply Light Boats when the new tender for Watercraft Patrol Boats came out in late 2020. The Light Boats were contracted to Stoneworks Specialist International Corp.

As per specifications of the Watercraft Patrol Boat Acquisition Project, the dimensions and performance of the boats, including the materials used are similar to the original specifications of the Light Boats of the Riverine Operations Equipment project, which has been changed later on.

The Philippine Army previously confirmed that the Light Boat has a maximum speed of 25 knots and can carry 8 fully-equipped troops, although it appears to be similar in size to the existing Assault Watercraft boats. 

The boats are small enough for safe operations even on small rivers, but sturdy enough to operate in calm waters of larger bodies of water like lakes.

According to Stoneworks, the boats are 26 feet long (7.92 meters), and are made of fiberglass. It has a capacity of 11 fully equipped troops and 1 pilot, has 2 outboard motors each with 115hp, a maximum speed of 25 knots full load, or 35 knots with the pilot only. 

It has a gun mount for a .60-caliber machine gun, and has a loudspeaker and search light.

Once delivered, the total number of Light Boats of the Philippine Army will increase, from 52 based on the original Riverine Operations Equipment Light Boat project, to 60 once the Watercraft Patrol Boat project is included.


With the Stoneworks 8-meter Watercraft Patrol Boats already delivered and inducted to the Philippine Army as of 4th quarter 2021, MaxDefense and Philippine Defense Resource officially consider the ORD PABAC2 012-20 Watercraft (Patrol Boat) Acquisition Project  of the Philippine Army as COMPLETED.

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First posted and released on 09 October 2021.
Copyright MaxDefense Philippines / Philippine Defense Resource

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