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In a first, India signs USD 374 million BrahMos missile export contract to Philippines

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: In a major boost to India’s defence export plans, India and Philippines are likely to sign a $374.9 million deal next week to supply a Shore-based Anti-Ship Missile System Acquisition Project for its navy, as part of Manila’s plan to beef up its defence amid territorial conflict with China.

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The Philippines has given a USD 374 million contract to BrahMos Aerospace to supply shore-based anti-ship missiles for the country’s navy, military sources said.

The Notice of Award has been communicated to BrahMos officials by the Philippines’ Department of National Defence. The notice of award sought a response from BrahMos Aerospace within 10 days. Most recently, the Indian Navy tested a naval variant of ‘BrahMos’, jointly developed by India and Russia, from its destroyer INS Visakhapatnam, that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or from land platforms.

The company had proposed to the Philippines government for supply of shore-based anti-ship missiles for the country’s navy, sources mentioned.

Its proposal worth USD 374 million was accepted last month by the government, they added.

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India has already deployed a sizable number of the Brahmos missiles and other key assets in several strategic locations along the Line of Actual Control with China in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh.

India’s ties with the Philippines have been upgraded over the past few years, with the two countries expanding their defence partnership and are negotiating a preferential trade agreement. Earlier, India extended a $100-million defence-related LoC to Manila.

The BrahMos order is the first major military export by India. The supersonic missile has been developed jointly with Russia, with several versions planned in the future including a lighter longer-range system that can be launched from aircraft and submarines.

India has been promoting the missile system to several nations in the neighbourhood, including the UAE. It is being showcased as a multi-purpose missile that can target ground locations as well as surface threats from the sea.

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