Philippines awards $374 million contract to BrahMos Aerospace to supply missiles
The Philippines has awarded a $374 million contract to BrahMos Aerospace to supply land-based anti-ship missiles to the country’s navy, military sources said.
BrahMos Aerospace, an Indo-Russian joint venture, produces the “BrahMos” supersonic cruise missile which can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land platforms.
The company had offered to the Philippine government to provide land-based anti-ship missiles for the country’s navy, sources said.
His proposal worth $374 million was accepted by the government last month, they added.
India has already deployed a significant number of Brahmos missiles and other key assets in several strategic locations along the Line of Actual Control with China in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh.
The Philippines is in the final stages of a five-year, 300 billion peso ($5.85 billion) project to modernize its military’s outdated hardware, which includes World War II warships and helicopters used by the United States during the Vietnam War.
Under the deal brokered with the Indian government, Brahmos Aerospace Private Ltd will supply three batteries, train operators and maintainers and provide logistical support, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a Facebook post on Friday.
It was conceptualized in 2017, but experienced delays in budget allocation and due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The new anti-ship system aims to deter foreign vessels from encroaching on the country’s 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone.
In 2018, the Philippines purchased Israeli-made Spike ER missiles, its first-ever shipborne missile systems for maritime deterrence.
Despite friendlier ties between China and the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte, Beijing has remained adamant in claiming large parts of the South China Sea, a conduit for goods worth more than $3.4 trillion each year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have also filed competing claims.
A 2016 international arbitration award, however, said China’s claims had no legal basis.
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