For the first time, the Philippine Navy (PN) made public its first missile system in a capability demonstration held on November 21 2018 at vicinity of Lamao Point, Bataan with Secretary of National Defense (SND), Delfin N. Lorenzana, as the guest of honor and speaker.
Navy Flag Officer In Command, Vice Adm. Robert A. Empedrad together with other PN senior leaders and other dignitaries joined the SND in witnessing the event on board BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) which served as the viewing platform for the demonstration.
Highlight of the event was the scenario-based capability demonstration of Live Test Firing of the newly-installed Spike-Extended Range (ER) Missile Launching System (MLS) and Mini Typhoon Machine Gun System (MGS) of the Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) MKIII of the Philippine Navy.
The activity simulated an attack from armed hostile surface vessels which was successfully deterred and neutralized by the combined efforts and effective interoperability of PN air and surface assets. Two spike ER missiles were fired and accurately hit hostile targets during the simulation. The full-armed firepower system of AW109E naval helicopter was also put on display as it performed air strike to neutralize the targets.
The Spike ER Missile has a minimum and maximum effective range of 400 meters and 8,000 meters respectively. It can penetrate up to 1,000 mm of rolled homogenous armor, good enough to destroy small boats and armored vehicles, or damage small ships.
On the other hand, the Agusta Westland (AW) 109 naval helicopter is armed with .50 calibre machine guns and 2.75-inch rockets for close air support to operating troops and surveillance operations.
The PN MPAC Acquisition Project entered into a contract with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. (RAFAEL), through SIBAT of Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD), for the supply and integration of the Weapons Systems to MPAC MKIII platforms. On April 15, 2017, the Secretary of National Defense approved the Notice to Proceed (NTP). Last Aug. 09, the PN together with DND and RAFAEL representatives conducted a Sea Acceptance Test (SAT) to test and inspect the missile systems in accordance with the contract for the final acceptance of the system.
This very first missile system of the Navy is expected to strengthen the country’s littoral defense and improve maritime interdiction capability of the PN which is now capable to deliver precision fire against the enemies within the littoral. Further, this will stand to benefit not only the Armed Forces of the Philippines but the entire nation, as the Navy stays true to its commitment to protect the seas and secure the nation’s future. PHILIPPINE NAVY