PHL Navy sets testing for first missile system

The Philippine Navy together with Israeli defense technology company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems will be testing the new missile system installed to Multi-purpose Assault Craft (MPAC)s BA-488, BA-489, and BA-491.

Rafael supplied the Typhoon Missile Launch System-ER which includes Spike-ER missiles, launchers, an Electro Optical director and a fire control system.

According to notice released by the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), the testing will take place 7.9 nautical miles southwest off Corregidor Island on July 17, 18 and July 24-26.

Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad last month said that President Rodrigo Duterte would like to witness the missile testing.

Rafael said Typhoon Missile Launch System-ER is a light-weight, stabilized system that can be installed on a variety of platforms, ranging from Rigid Hull Inflated Boats (RHIBs) to larger boats and ships.

“Spike ER is an electro-optically guided multipurpose missile for ranges of up to 8km with pinpoint accuracy,” Rafael said.

“Typhoon MLS-ER features day and night operation and includes Fire-and-Forget, as well as Fire-and-Observe and Update modes of operation. This enables the gunner to switch between targets after launch, avoid friendly fire, conduct surveillance/damage assessment and attack hidden targets,” it added.