Philippines Buying Brahmos Missile

SHAH ALAM: Philippines is buying the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile. It has not signed a contract for the purchase of the missiles just yet but had signed an implementing agreement with the Indian government to facilitate the procurement.

From the Inquirer

Brahmos missile on display. Wikipedia

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines and India signed an agreement for a potential supply of BrahMos cruise missiles, a product of collaboration by India and Russia, which the Philippine government hoped would boost coastal defense.

Philippine Defense Undersecretary Raymund Elefante and Indian Ambassador Shambu Kumaran signed an implementing agreement on Tuesday (March 2) at Camp Aguinaldo, headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), according to the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) on Facebook.

“We are buying the BrahMos missiles,” said Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who witnessed the signing ceremony. He did not provide details of the procurement plan yet.

BrahMos are medium-range supersonic (faster than the speed of sound) missiles that can be launched from submarines, ships, planes or land. It is considered to be the fastest supersonic missile in the world.

Lorenzana said the agreement served as guide for the Philippines and India on “policies and procedures in the defense procurement.” It also served as a “legal framework for the procurement under the government-to-government modality,” Lorenzana added.

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On the way. A test firing of the Brahmos in 2019. Wikipedia.

It is likely that any contract will be done in the near future as the agreement signed will allow both countries to negotiate the deal. This is similar to the government to government deal between the Philippines and Israel which saw the former procuring things from ground intercept radars, light tanks and other weapons.

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