3 more PN MPAC's fitted with Spike-ER missiles this year

3 more PN MPAC's fitted with Spike-ER missiles this year

The modernization of the Philippine Navy (PN) is moving though it is not as fast as we wanted it to be, in light of all the issues surrounding the security and defense of the country.

The Philippine Navy’s multipurpose attack crafts (MPACs) as reported by the organization’s Flag Officer in Command are expected to be fitted with missile armament by the last quarter of this year.

"Our schedule for the fitting of the (Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd.) Spike-ER (extended range surface-to-surface missile system) is in the fourth quarter of 2020," Navy flag-officer-in-command, Rear Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency(PNA). 

sraeli-made Spike ER (Extended Range) missile from its Multi-Purpose Assault Craft (MPAC)
(photo credit to owner) 

These missiles were delivered and activated by the Navy on September 23, 2019, bringing the number of MPACs in PN service to 12.
At present, three of these MPACs are already armed with Spike-ER missiles.
When Bacordo was asked if there is a plan to arm all attack sraft with the Spike ER, the PN FOIC said there are initiatives to to equip all of these boats with mini-Typhoon light-weight remote-controlled weapon stations (RCWS) and are capable of being fitted with .50-caliber heavy machinegun and or a lighter 7.62mm machine gun for additional firepower.

"Not all would be armed with (Spiker-ER) missiles but all would be fitted with the mini-Typhoon RCWS," he added.
The Spike-ER system, which arrived in the Philippines in April 2018, is the PN's first missile weapon capable of penetrating 1,000-mm (39 inches) of rolled homogeneous armor and has a range of eight kilometers, that comes from Israel.
These MPACs are capable of running at a speed of 30 to 45 knots.

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Report from PNA

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