Brahmos supersonic missile

Brahmos supersonic missile

  • India has decided to build the image of a defense exporting country by selling Brahmos missile. Till now, India has been known as the largest importer of arms, but now India will sell Brahmos supersonic missiles for the Philippines Navy.

  • This is the first foreign order to come to India for export of Brahmos missiles.

  • The Philippines has signed a $375 million (Rs 2,812 crore) deal with India for the purchase of Brahmos missiles. This deal was done at an event to be held at the National Defense Department of the Philippines in Quezon City.

  • Atul D Rane, CEO, Brahmos Aerospace India, Sanjeev Joshi, Deputy CEO, Lt. Colonel R.  Negi and Praveen Pathak were present on the occasion.

  • Significantly, the Brahmos supersonic missile is capable of hitting three times the speed of sound i.e. at a speed of 4321 kilometers per hour.

  • This defense deal is not considered right for China.

  • Actually, the Philippines has a dispute with China in the South China Sea. The Philippine Marines intend to use the Brahmos as a shore-based anti-ship missile.  The South China Sea is one of the possible areas where the system could be deployed.

  • The deal includes delivery of three batteries, training for operators and maintainers and an Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) package.

  • The deal for Brahmos was envisioned in 2017 and the office of the President of the Philippines approved its inclusion in the Army’s “Horizon 2 Priority Projects” in 2020.

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