ZAMBOANGA. The Philippine Navy successfully tested its Spike ER missile through Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) during the Naval Surface Fire Support event on Thursday, October 28, 17.8 nautical miles southwest of Salkulakit Island in Basilan Province. A photo handout shows the missile that was launched by MPAC BA489 and hit the target’s dead center from a distance of four kilometers. (SunStar Zamboanga)

THE Philippine Navy, through Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM), has successfully tested its Spike ER missile off Basilan province, a senior naval official said on Saturday, October 30, 2021. Rear Admiral Toribio Adaci, Jr., NFWM command, said the Spike ER the missile was launched on Thursday, October 28, 17.8 nautical miles southwest of Salkulakit Island in Basilan Province, by one of the 3rd Boat Attack’s Multipurpose Assault Vehicles (MPAC) Division launched during Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) events.

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Adaci said the missile was fired from the MPAC BA489 and hit the target’s dead center from a distance of four kilometers. According to Adaci, floating targets were constructed for the exercise.It penetrates 1,000 millimeters (39 inches) of rolled homogeneous armor. It is a flexible missile system that has proven itself through its dual guidance system, which represents command and target guidance, and can hit targets at a maximum distance of eight kilometers Year 2018 started and tested successfully. He said this was the first time the missile was operational during a live target practice. The successful launch of the missile and its precise hit on the target also underscores the navy’s greatly improved ability to protect the seas and coastal areas of our maritime environment. The event was part of the five-day Philipine Naval Exercise Pagsisikap 2021, which aims to develop war and peacetime doctrines in the conduct of amphibious operations, maritime interdiction operations, marine surveillance and reconnaissance, civil-military operations, and a variety of other traditional and non-traditional To test naval operations. In addition to validating techniques, tactics and procedures during the exercise, Exercise Pagsisikap 2021 also serves as a venue for the training of Sailors and Marines deployed in western Mindanao. (SunStar Zamboanga)

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