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Deliveries of BrahMo’s missile systems from India continue to reach the Philippines under a $375 million deal

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April 21, 2024 1:45 PM IST

New Delhi (India), April 21 (ANI): The supply of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles from India to the Philippines under a $375 million deal will continue as part of the contract between the two countries, defense officials said.
The supplies of the missile system reached an air base in Manila from India on Sunday on a chartered Ilyushin-76 transport aircraft, they said.
Officials from India and the Philippines will receive the first batch of equipment delivered to that country as part of the contract, defense officials said.
Notably, India delivered the first lot of supersonic cruise missiles to the Philippines on April 19, as part of the deal signed in 2022.
According to defense sources, the Indian Air Force had sent its US-origin C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft with the missiles to the Philippines to deliver the weapon system to the Philippine Marine Corps.
The export of ground systems for the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile system, along with the missiles, began last month itself, they said.
The Philippines is taking delivery of the missile systems at a time when tensions between it and China have escalated due to frequent clashes in the South China Sea. The three batteries of the BrahMos missile system would be deployed by the Philippines in its coastal areas to protect against any threat in the region.
The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, a joint venture between the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and the Russian Federation’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya, is said to be one of the most successful missile programs in the world. Recognized as the most important and fastest precision-guided weapon on a global scale, BRAHMOS has played a crucial role in enhancing India’s deterrence capabilities.
The Indian Army has integrated several BrahMos regiments into its arsenal since 2007. (ANI)