The Philippine Navy (PN) will conduct the first test fire of its Spike-ER surface-to-surface missile in July.
This was bared by Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad in an interview with military-run radio DWDD Wednesday.
“(This) July, we might be testing our very first missile aboard our small ships, (the) MPACs (multi-purpose assault crafts where the weapon is now being fitted), the President would like to see that testing,” he added.
Empedrad is hoping that the test will be successful as it will allow them to acquire more ships with missile capability.
“We’re hoping that we will be able to successfully test it and ‘pag naging maganda ang testing (if the testing will be successful), then we will acquire more ships with missile capability,” he stressed.
The PN’s Spike-ER missiles with its launchers and tracking systems were delivered to the Philippines from Israel last April.