MANILA With the successful testfiring of its Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd. SpikeER (extended range) surfacetosurface missile off Lamao Point, Limay, Bataan last Aug. 9, the Philippine Navy (PN) now is capable of engaging and destroying targets such as ships, or "surface targets" in naval parlance.
"This provides the Navy a significant capability against surface targets. This is also a milestone as your Navy prepares to acquire more sophisticated and powerful missile and weapons system," Navy spokesperson Cmdr. Jonathan Zata said Sunday.
The SpikeER was fired from one of the PN's three SpikeER armed multipurpose assault craft (MPACs) and successfully hit a floating target six kilometers away.
The abovementioned MPACs were constructed by the Subicbased Propmech Corporation and activated on May 22, 2017.
The PN MPAC Acquisition Project entered into a contract with Rafael, through SIBAT of Israel Ministry of Defense, for the supply and integration of the abovementioned weapons systems to three Mark III MPACs.
On April 15, 2017, DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana approved the Notice to Proceed.
The SpikeER system, which arrived in the country last April, is the PN's first missile weapon capable penetrating 1,000 mm (39 inches) of rolled homogeneous armor and having a range of eight kilometers. (PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency