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New anti-submarine helicopters for Philippine Navy to be armed with Israeli-made Spike missiles

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The  Israeli-made Spike NLOS (non-line-of-sight) missiles will be used on the new AugustaWestland AW159 Wildcat helicopters of Philippine Navy.

The Spike NLOS (non-line-of-sight) missiles will be employed by the Philippine Navy as an anti-ship weapon on the AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcats helicopters that are due to be delivered to Manila by next year.

According to Rafael, the Spike NLOS (non-line-of-sight) missile “is a perfect solution for naval helicopters,” with a range of 30 kilometers and a “dedicated warhead which can neutralize any target.”

The missile, capable of penetrating 39 inches of armor, can be operated in either direct attack mode or by mid-course navigation based on target coordinates only. These modes enable defeat of long-range hidden targets with pinpoint precision.

A full scale mock up of a Spike NLOS missile made by the Israeli company, Rafael Systems. Photo taken during the 2016 Asian Defence and Security (ADAS) Trade Show at the World Trade Center in Pasay, Metro Manila. Photo by Rhk111

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