Ground Report | New Delhi: Philippines to buy BrahMos; India’s BrahMos supersonic cruise missile will be exported for the first time and will be procured by the Philippines. The Philippines has approved the purchase of the BrahMos anti-ship cruise missile. This agreement has been made for about 374.9 million dollars. This agreement will be signed shortly between the two countries.
This is the first foreign order for the BrahMos missile. Apart from this, talks are going on with some other South East Asian countries regarding BrahMos.
The BrahMos missile will be the first to be deployed to the Philippine Navy’s Coastal Defense Regiment. Amid the dispute with China in the South China Sea, the Philippines decided to buy BrahMos from India.
“As the head of the procurement entity (HOPE), I recently signed the Notice of Award for the Philippine Navy’s land-based anti-ship missile procurement project. Negotiated with the Government of India, it includes the delivery of three batteries, training for operators and maintainers, as well as the necessary Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) package,” Lorenzana said on social media. Conceptualized as early as 2017, the Office of the President approved its inclusion in the Horizon 2 Priority Projects in 2020, she stated.
The Coastal Defense Regiment of the Philippine Marine Corps will be the main employer of this modern strategic defense capability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, added Mr. Lorenzana.
While the Philippines had created a unit at some point to operate the missile system, the contract was delayed a couple of years due to the COVID pandemic and budget constraints.
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