“Now that we own the missile system, we are showing to the Secretary of National Defense [Delfin Lorenzana] that number one, the equipment was brought for our modernization and number two, your Navy is more than capable of handling this new weapon system,” Philippine Navy spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata said as quoted by PNA.
The Navy, today, conducted testing of its missile system and remote-controlled machine gun system installed on 3 of its MPACs, and 2.75-inch rocket system installed on 2 of its AW-109 naval helicopters.
“We are going to demonstrate the newest capability of the PN, kasi apart from the Spike-ER, yung 2.75-inch rockets na naka-arm dun sa AW-109 as well yung automatic machine gun system na naka-mount dun sa MPAC will also be demonstrated, so it’s a way for us of showing that number we have these capabilities,” Zata said.
According to Israeli firm 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.”