For the first time, the Philippines approves the purchase of BrahMos missile with India

In a deal of $375 million, the Philippines has finally approved to export BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd’s to supply Shore-Based Anti-Ship Missile System Acquisition Project from India for its navy. As every country needs to be ready to fill its arsenal, the country, the Philippines is also getting ready to combat the issue of not having much stock in their military troop.

Until now, India has brought weapons from outside, most of the submarine weapons and others have been brought from different countries like France, and Russia. The scenario is getting changed and India now becomes the donor. 

On January 11, the Indian Navy and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired BrahMos Supersonic Cruise missile. The missile is a joint venture between India and Russia where DRDO represents the Indian side. The Notice of Award has been communicated to BrahMos officials by the Philippines’ Department of National Defence.

The BrahMos is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or land. It is notably one of the fastest supersonic cruise missiles in the world. It flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach or almost three times the speed of sound. 

This deal is important because of this first-ever foreign order for the Brahmos missile and India becomes the exporter for the first time. The notice of award sought a response from BrahMos Aerospace within 10 days. Most recently, the Indian Navy tested a naval variant of BrahMos, jointly developed by India and Russia, from its destroyer INS Visakhapatnam. 

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The Philippines are aiming for China and they turn to India to get help. An underwater version is also being developed which will not only be used by the submarines of India but will also be offered for export to friendly foreign nations.

India is likely to bag more orders for the missile system from friendly countries as it is negotiating at an advanced stage with some other nations too. Moreover, the Indian delegation will fly to the capital of the Philippines next week to sign the paper.