Philippine Navy to double its number of Spike missile-armed ships by Q1 2021

The delivery of the Spike-ER systems produced by Israel's Rafael is scheduled for the last quarter of 2020. Three of the Navy's multi-purpose attack craft are already armed with the missiles

Above: Philippine Navy Chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo. Photo via Philippine Navy. Below: Rafael Spike ER system. Photo via Rafael

The Philippine Navy has announced that it will integrate the Rafael Spike-ER (extended range) surface-to-surface missile system on three more multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC) by the first quarter of next year.

“The Spike-ER (missile system) will be integrated by the first quarter of 2021,” Navy public affairs office chief Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas said in a message to the Philippine News Agency. Roxas also confirmed that the delivery of the weapon systems is scheduled for the last quarter of this year.

The three MPACs were activated on Sept. 23, 2019, bringing the number of these attack boats in the Navy's service to 12. At present, three of the 12 are armed with Spike-ER missiles. These MPACs are capable of running at speeds of 30 to 45 knots.

The Spike-ER, which has a range of eight kilometers, is the Navy's first missile capable of penetrating 1,000-mm (39 inches) of rolled homogeneous armor. It was first delivered to the Southeast Asian country in April 2018.