The Philippine Navy’s Spike ER missile was successfully tested by Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) from one of the 3rd Boat Attack Division’s Multi-Purpose Attack Crafts (MPAC) during Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) events near 17.8 nautical miles south west of Salkulakit Island, Basilan Province on October 28, 2021.
From a distance of 4 kilometers, the missile was launched from MPAC BA489 and hit its target dead center. Floating targets were built for the live firing portion of the exercise. Apart from the missiles, the warships involved also fired and tested their naval guns.
The event according to the NFWM PAO was part of the 5-day PN Exercise Pagsisikap 2021, which aims to test wartime and peacetime doctrines in the conduct of amphibious operations, maritime interdiction operations, maritime surveillance and reconnaissance, civil-military operations, and a host of other traditional and non-traditional naval operations.
The Navy’s first missile capable of penetrating 1,000 mm (39 inches) of rolled homogeneous armor is the Spike ER missile. It is a versatile missile system with a dual guidance system (command and homing guidance) capable of attacking targets at a range of up to 8 kilometers. After being delivered to the Philippine Navy in 2018, the Spike ER missile was successfully launched and tested for the second time. The missile was, however, operationally tested for the first time during a live firing practice.
Exercise Pagsisikap 2021 not only validates techniques, tactics, and procedures, but it also serves as a training ground for sailors and marines stationed in western Mindanao. The missile’s successful launch and precise impact on the target also demonstrates the Navy’s improved capability to protect the seas and littoral areas of our marine environment.