India and the Philippines reach an agreement with BrahMos to promote defense exports

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BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited (BAPL) signed a contract with the Department of National Defense of the Republic of the Philippines on January 28 for the supply of a land-based anti-ship missile system to the Philippines.

BAPL is a joint venture of the Defense Research and Development Organization. The contract is an important step forward for the Indian government’s policy to promote responsible defense exports, the Ministry of Defense said.

The Philippines had finalized a deal to acquire a land-based anti-ship missile system from India for nearly $375 million to bolster its navy.

“We are strengthening our partnership with the $374 million BrahMos missile deal with the Philippines, this is our major deal. BrahMos is important to them, but many more deals will follow,” said Atul Dinkar Rane, CEO and Managing Director of BrahMos Aerospace Limited.

The BrahMos is a medium-range supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land.

BrahMos-2, a hypersonic version of the missile, is also under development.

India recently tested a new version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile off Odisha in Balasore. The missile was equipped with new technological developments that have been successfully proven, the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) said. The test firing was successful as DRDO claimed.

“To keep BrahMos the best tactical weapon in the world, the design has continued to evolve,” said DRDO CEO Atul Dinkar Rane.

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