India Sells Missile to the Philippines, Strengthen Arm Exporter Ambition

- 26 January 2022 21:46 WIB
The Philippines would also receive the necessary training. (Unsplash/Bill Jelen)
The Philippines would also receive the necessary training. (Unsplash/Bill Jelen)

JAKARTADAILY.ID - BrahMos Aerospace Private Ltd, the Indo-Russian multinational aerospace and defense corporation, producing the world's fastest supersonic cruise missile, has been awarded a $375 million (Rs.2,770 crore) deal to export the 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles to the Philippines, a significant boost to India's defense exports, The Hindu reported Saturday (January 15, 2022).

According to analysts in India, India’s export of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile system to the Philippines is the beginning of the country’s ambition of becoming an arms exporter, The Straits Times reported Monday (January 24, 2022). The move might help strengthen defense ties with Southeast Asia, which is quite concerned about China's aggression.

After the delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippines' Department of National Defense received three missile batteries of the BrahMos' shore-based anti-ship missile type.

The Philippines would also receive the necessary training for its operators as well as the necessary logistical support under the arrangement. The BrahMos missile systems have been part of the Philippines Navy's coastal defense deployment. This is a significant step in the face of mounting opposition to China's aggressive policies throughout East Asia and the Himalayas.

This cooperation between India and the Philippines has started over the last few years and improved their relations by signing a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding on Defense and Logistics in 2018.

An MOU on the Sharing of White Shipping Information (information about non-military/non-government shipping vessels) was signed back in 2020. The Philippine Navy, together with the Navy of India, the United States, and Japan, took part in a group sail in the South China Sea in 2019.

Editor: M. A. Wahad

Source: The Straits Times

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