Navy’s first missile platform fully operational in July

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The Philippine Navy is expecting its missile-armed Multi-purpose Assault Crafts (MPACs) will be fully operational in in July. This was revealed by Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad during the Navy’s 120th founding anniversary celebration at Coconut Palace, Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, Pasay City on May 22.

If put to service, the three MPACs will be the first missile capable assets of the Philippine Navy.

“A month ago, the very first missile capability of the PN was acquired from Israel. These will be integrated onboard the Navy’s multi-purpose attack craft. The system will be fully operational in July,” Empedrad said.

Israeli weapons manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems delivered the Typhoon Missile Launch System-ER in April.

“Typhoon MLS-ER is a complete Naval Missile System,” Rafael said in its official website. “The system includes Spike-ER missiles, launchers, an Electro Optical director and a fire control system.”

“The light-weight, stabilized system can be installed on a variety of platforms, ranging from Rigid Hull Inflated Boats (RHIBs) to larger boats and ships,” Rafael noted. “Spike ER is an electro-optically guided multipurpose missile for ranges of up to 8km with pinpoint accuracy.”

Sources: http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1036135; http://www.rafael.co.il/5675-2246-en/Marketing.aspx