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India Delivers First Batch of BrahMos Missiles to Philippines

In a significant move reflecting the deepening military cooperation between India and the Philippines amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, India has successfully delivered the first batch of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles to the Philippines. This delivery marks the fruition of a $375 million deal signed in January 2022, making the Philippines the first export customer for this joint venture missile between India and Russia.

Delivery Logistics

The delivery was facilitated by the Indian Air Force, utilizing a C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft to transport the missiles and launchers to the Philippines’ Marine Corps.

Contract Details

Under the terms of the agreement, India will supply three batteries of BrahMos missiles, along with their launchers and related equipment, as part of the Horizon 2 of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Programme.

Significance Amid Regional Tensions

This delivery underscores India’s commitment to bolstering defense ties with the Philippines, particularly in light of growing concerns over China’s assertiveness in the South China Sea. Both nations have emphasized the importance of peaceful dispute resolution and adherence to international law, including the UNCLOS.

BrahMos Missile Capabilities

Produced by BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd, a joint venture between India and Russia, the BrahMos missile is capable of supersonic speeds, flying at 2.8 Mach, and can be launched from various platforms including submarines, ships, aircraft, or land platforms.

Broader Defense Cooperation

India’s decision to post a defense attache to the Philippines, alongside other strategic locations, signifies a broader effort to enhance military ties and security cooperation in the region.

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