3 missile-armed crafts to be operational in 3 months

By Priam Nepomuceno

May 12, 2018, 11:11 am

MANILA -- The Philippine Navy’s (PN) first three Spike-ER armed multi-purpose attack crafts (MPACs) will be fully operational within two to three months, flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said.

Integration or installation is ongoing as of this time, he said Thursday, adding that they are studying the doctrine on to how to use and where to deploy these missile-armed MPACs.

The Spike-ER surface-to-surface missiles, along with its launchers, arrived third week of April.

These missiles are capable of penetrating 1,000 mm. (39 inches) of rolled homogeneous armor and have a range of 8 km. As of this posting, the Navy has nine MPACs in inventory with another three units planned.

Three of these seacrafts are being fitted with the Spike-Er missiles and its launchers.

These were activated on May 22, 2017 and manufactured by Subic-based Propmech Corp. for PHP270 million. (PNA)