PH Navy to get its first missile system in December, US to turnover Tethered Aerostat Radar System

Manila, Philippines – The Philippine Navy has the responsibility of protecting the vast body of water surrounding the Philippines, thus, maritime should be well-equipped.

On Monday, the Philippine Navy announced that it would mount its first missile system by Christmas time.

The new missile system comes on its three- brand new multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC) from Israel.

According to Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado, the navy chief, there is a scheduled pre-delivery inspection of the Rafael Advanced Systems Ltd.’s Spike ER (extended range) missile system on the Philippine Navy’s MPACs.

“A pre-delivery inspection is already scheduled. Then a [Philippine] Air Force plane will go to Israel to transport the missiles to the Philippines. All expenses paid by the proponent,” Mercado said in a text message.

He said that tentative fitting of the missile system would be in December.

The said missile system is said to be capable of penetrating 1,000 millimeters or 39 inches of rolled homogeneous armor with a maximum range of five miles. Its missile weapons can engage surface level targets.

The MPAC are Mark III models, which are more advanced compared to the existing inventory of the Navy. The funds were sourced from the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Act Trust Fund of 2000.

Meanwhile, the US government announced that it will donate a Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) to the Philippine Navy.

The TARS is primarily used for surveillance, an unmanned and self-sustained lighter-than-aircraft system. It can also rise up to 15, 000 feet but would remain at rest or stationary as it is as tethered by a cable on the ground.

With this, Philippine Navy would easily detect presence of aircrafts and watercrafts on coastal areas surrounding the Philippine areas.

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