PHL Navy to test very first missile capability from Israel in July

The Philippine Navy might be testing its first ever missile capability from Israel next month, July. Israeli weapons manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is currently integrating the Typhoon Missile Launch System-ER in three Multi-purpose Assault Crafts (MPACs) Mark III.

“In July, we might be testing our very first missile aboard our small ships, ‘yung MPACs,” Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said on June 13 over DWDD.

He added that President Rodrigo Duterte wants to witness that said missile testing.

“The President would like to see that testing of our very first missile,” he said.

According to Rafael a Typhoon MLS-ER 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.”