Philippine Navy's MPAC to be Fitted With Rafael's Spike ER Missile System

The modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines particularly in the Philippine Navy is now on full throttle by order of Pres. Rody Duterte as the government announced that the Navy's brand new Multi-Purpose Assault Craft (MPAC) will be fitted with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd's Spike ER (Extended Range) missile systems.



According to Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong, the Israeli arms supplier Rafael Advanced Defense System Ltd is scheduled to deliver the much needed armament of the MPAC which will surely help boost the Philippine Navy's capability to defend the country's vast maritime domains.

The weapons which will be fitted to the newest navy vessels are considered as on anti-ship mode meaning it can engage surface vessel targets and is capable of penetrating 1,000 mm (39 inches) of rolled homogeneous armor and has a maximum range of five miles.


Although there is no exact date of the delivery of the said missile systems including its platform, the DND noted that the weapons would be delivered to the country "very early in the first quarter of the year."

The missile launcher developed by the world-renowned defense contractor Rafael, were supposed to be delivered by December 2017, but it did not materialize due to some transportation issues.

Aside from Rafael's missile systems, the Philippine Navy will also received two brand-new AgustaWesland AW-159 "Wildcat" anti-submarine helicopters which are expected to arrive the last quarter of 2018 and early 2019, the DND revealed.

The Israeli defense company Rafael develops and produces weapons, military and defense technologies for the Israel Defense Forces and for export abroad.

Source: PNA

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