Mon. Oct 18th, 2021

The Philippines and India have signed an agreement that will pave the way for the supply of BrahMos cruise missiles to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The BrahMos cruise missile is a collaboration between India and Russia, and is among the most feared missiles in the world.

“We are buying the BrahMos missiles,” said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

Department of Defense (DND) Undersecretary Raymund Elefante and Indian Ambassador Shambu Kumaran signed the implementing agreement for the BrahMos missiles on Tuesday at the AFP headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, according to the Facebook page of the DND.

The agreement will involve the procurement of defense material and equipment by the Philippines from India, which is in a race to become a super in Asia opposite China.

Over the years, the BrahMos missile has undergone improvements, allowing it to be fired from various platforms including from fighter jets and land-based systems. It is considered to be the fastest cruise missile in the world. If deployed by the AFP, it can boost the country’s coastal defense against warships.

There were plans to procure BrahMos missiles last year but the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic derailed it. SOVEREIGNPH

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