Navy gets first missile system for patrol boats

By Priam Nepomuceno

May 2, 2018, 4:48 pm

MANILA --- The Philippine Navy (PN) has received its first-ever missile system from Israeli weapons manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong confirmed Wednesday.

Andolong said the Spike-ER surface-to-surface missiles along with its launchers have arrived third week of April.

Andolong said the weapons are now being "integrated" or installed on the Navy's three brand-new MPACs or multi-purpose attack craft with the guidance of Rafael personnel. The three MPACs were activated in May 22, 2017.

After the installation, the Spike-ER missile systems will then undergo Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee, Andolong added.

"The missile-equipped MPACs will greatly enhance the Navy's capability to secure our littoral areas against terrorism and in support of maritime law enforcement operations," the defense spokesperson said.

The missile system was procured under the Armed Forces' Horizon One modernization program.

The Spike-ER missiles are capable of penetrating 1,000 mm (39 inches) of rolled homogeneous armor. The missiles will give the PN a much needed firepower in dealing with surface threats whether these are small or large ships. (PNA)