The Philippine Navy will receive three Israeli-built Spike ER (extended range) missile systems and two brand-new AgustaWestland AW-159 “Wildcat” anti-submarine helicopters this year.
Philippines’ Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong was quoted as saying by Update.ph that Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd’s Spike missiles would be delivered to the country “very early in the first quarter of the year”, whereas, AW-159 helicopters are expected to arrive the last quarter of 2018 and early 2019.
Spike missiles will be fitted on three of the Navy’s brand-new multi-purpose assault craft (MPAC) which was activated last May 22, the report said. The weapons are 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.
And the spokesperson said that the AW-159s will be based on the two frigates on order from Hyundai Heavy Industries, without further elaboration on what weapons and surveillance systems it would be carrying for security reasons.
The AW-159 (previously called the Future Lynx and Lynx Wildcat) is an improved version of the Westland Super Lynx military helicopter.
Philippine Navy will receive two of the three Multi-Purpose Attack Crafts (MPAC) with options for missile armament by third quarter of this year. “These two MPACs will be delivered by this third quarter and will have provisions for missile armament,” Philippine Navy spokesperson Captain Lued Lincuna said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency Tuesday
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