"the Italians have very good brains, the brains of great inventors"
From that previous blog entry:
"The Maestrales are 3,100 ton ships, each armed with four anti-ship missiles"
Those Italian Maestrales warships having an organic offensive anti-ship missile [ASM] combat capability.
This ASM presumably the Otomat/Teseo? Also Italian designed and manufactured.
"The Otomat/Teseo is an Italian-built, anti-ship and coastal attack missile"
The Otomat/Teseo about 4.5 meters/14 feet long.
Filipino naval planners also desiring to have a coastal defense ASM quite possibly able to standardize and adopt that land-based Otomat/Teseo as the weapon of choice?
There already existing a coastal defense version:
"[there is] in service is a coastal defense version . . . All necessary electronics are trailer-mounted as well as twin missile launchers, which makes it a high mobility system."
The Otomat/Teseo to be most effective in the over-the-horizon [OTH] mode requiring target data from an "airborne platform" of some sort. This is said to be a weakness of the Otomat/Teseo system?Mid-course correction also possible
The Otomat/Teseo ASM also somewhat unique [?], that ASM on impact having a downward trajectory with the force of the detonation "holing" the target below the waterline.
"The warhead is designed to explode inside the ship with the force of the explosion directed to the bottom of the target ship."
Devoted readers to the blog can suggest an alternative to the Otomat/Teseo ASM that is more capable and cheaper? The Philippines is not a wealthy country and has to be judicious when making costly decisions involving national defense.