Philippines to buy BrahMos missiles in $374 million deal
- The Philippines has approved a $374 million (Rs 2,770 crore) contract for the shore-based anti-ship BrahMos missiles
- BrahMos, an Indian-Russian joint venture, had proposed to the Philippines government for the supply of the missiles
- The BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or from a land platform
BrahMos, an Indian-Russian joint venture, had proposed to the Philippines government for the supply of the missiles for the country’s navy, PTI reported quoting sources. Their proposal for the $374 million deal was accepted last month, making this the first order for the supersonic missiles.
The BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or from a land platform. India has already deployed a sizable number of the Brahmos missiles and other key assets in several strategic locations along the Line of Actual Control with China in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh.
The Philippines' purchase comes amid tensions with China over territorial claims in the South China Sea in recent months. India has also been increased military engagements with ASEAN countries through combat exercises, training programmes and now arms sales in an attempt to keep China’s aggression in the Indo-Pacific region under check.
A number of other countries have expressed interest in purchasing the BrahMos missile system, with negotiations in advanced stages with Indonesia and Vietnam, according to a report in The Hindu.
A “notice of award’ has been issued by the Philippines’ Department of National Defence to BrahMos Aerospace Private Ltd.
“This is to inform you that the proposal of BrahMos Aerospace Private Ltd. For the shore based anti-ship missile system acquisition project for the Philippine Navy, with a corresponding price proposal in the amount of $374,962,800 is hereby accepted,” the department said in a letter posted on their official website.
“You are hereby directed to provide, within 10 calendar days from receipt of this notice, the performance security in the form and amount stipulated in the terms of reference.”
The Philippines will acquire at least three batteries of the BrahMos cruise missiles, which has a range of 290 kilometres and flies at nearly thrice the speed of sound at Mach 2.8.