Philippines’ first missile system, installed in three of Philippine Navy’s Multi-Purpose Assault Crafts (MPACs), will be operational within three months. The missiles and launchers are from Israel and were delivered last month.
Israeli Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is now integrating the new capability.
According to Chief of Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, they are still determining where the missile-armed MPACs would be deployed.
“We are still studying the doctrine, where to deploy the MPAC we already acquired…This will be made operational in two to three months’ time,” Empedrad said on May 10 at the sidelines of Maritime Security Symposium 2018, as quoted by Inquirer.net.
“It’s a good system. It has a pinpoint accuracy of hitting whatever target it wants to destroy. It’s a new capability of the Navy and this is our first missile capability; kailangan talaga pag-aralan namin kung how to operate and where to deploy our ships,” he explained.
“It can be for anti-insurgency or territorial defense. Syempre pag-iisipan muna, ayaw naman natin paputukin ang P10-million ammo sa small banca,” he said.