India to complete largest defence export deal, BrahMos missiles to arrive in Philippines
India to complete largest defence export deal, BrahMos missiles to arrive in Philippines

New Delhi: The Philippines is expected to receive the first batch of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles on Friday, the culmination of India's first major defense export deal. Reports say the operation to move the heavy equipment is being led by the Indian Air Force, with significant support from civil aircraft agencies, confirming development sources.

Other reports say, "The long-haul flight carrying heavy cargo equipment is scheduled to make a 6-hour non-stop journey before reaching the western parts of the Philippines." Not only this, India had announced an agreement with the Philippines for the supply of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in January 2022, making it the country's first major defense export order. The notice was also originally signed on December 31, 2021.

Earlier also it was reported that the Department of National Defense of the Philippines issued a 'Notice of Award' to India's BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd for the procurement of shore-based anti-ship missile system worth USD 374.96 million (2,700 Contract worth Rs crore) has been approved.

According to the initial deals, the Philippines is going to get three missile batteries for the missile system, which has a range of 290 kilometers and a speed of 2.8 Mach (three times the speed of sound). The deal also included training for operators and the necessary integrated logistics support package. In February 2023, operator training for the missile system was successfully conducted for 21 personnel of the Philippine Navy.

The Philippine Marine Corps, a shore-based anti-ship missile system, which ran from January 23 to February 11, 2023, focused on the operation and maintenance of some of the most critical logistics packages of the SBASMS that are scheduled to be delivered to the Philippines.

India is in talks with Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and some other countries who have shown interest in this system. BrahMos missile is going to be launched from submarine, ship, aircraft or land. Now news is coming that the missile – a collaboration between India and Russia – is currently going through a process where 83 per cent of its components are being indigenised. Not only this, on January 11, 2022, India successfully tested the extended-range sea-to-sea version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.

The missile was tested from the Indian Navy's newly commissioned INS Visakhapatnam off the western coast. The extended-range version of the BrahMos was developed following India's full membership of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), which removed limitations on the cruise missile's range. The plan is to initially increase the attack range to 450 km.

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