Philippines officially signs contract with India to acquire supersonic cruise missiles


The Philippines has officially signed a peso 18.9 billion ($ 370 million) contract with India for the acquisition of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, the Defense Ministry said. statement On Friday.

The 290-kilometer (180-mile) BrahMos land-based anti-ship missile system is manufactured by the Indian-Russian defense company BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture between India and Russia founded in 1998.

The contract to deliver three land-to-ship missiles to the Philippines was signed by Philippine Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana and Brahmos Aerospace Director Atul Dinkar Rane.

The signing ceremony in Manila was also attended by Shamb Kumaran, Ambassador of India to the Philippines.

India’s Ministry of Defense statement This transaction represents a “significant step forward” in the government’s strategy to promote “responsible defense exports.”

Lorenzana previously said that the Philippine Marine Corps will be a major user of the new weapons system. The contract includes training for operators and maintainers, as well as the required integrated logistics support package.

Manila’s acquisition of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was recognized as a means of strengthening the country’s ability to defend its sovereignty claim in the South China Sea, where Beijing claims 90% of the sea based on the so-called “nine-dash line.” ..

The Philippine government has previously filed diplomatic protests against China’s repeated destructive acts against authorities patrol the conflict waters, warning Beijing of public vessels subject to the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty.

Lorenzana said BrahMos’ supersonic cruise missiles would support the Philippines in providing “a deterrent to our sovereignty and attempts to undermine our sovereignty, especially in the Western Philippine Sea.”

“In order for the Philippines to continue to protect its territorial integrity and protect its national interests, it is imperative that the Marines be equipped with this important asset,” said Lorenzana. statement On Friday.

The BrahMos cruise missile is 8 meters (26 feet) long and carries a conventional warhead weighing approximately 200 kilograms (440 pounds). The maximum flight speed is Mach 2.8 (970 meters per second), which is almost three times the speed of sound.

The Indian Ministry of Defense previously test-launched a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the new stealth-guided guided-missile destroyer INS Visakhapatnam, stating that the missile “accurately hit the designated target ship.”

Indian Navy spokesman twitter Successful test launches show that the introduction of Bramos missiles “verifies new capabilities” of the Navy and “proves the accuracy of the ship’s combat system and weapons complex.”

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.