In first export order for BrahMos missiles, Philippines approves $374 million deal

Advanced-stage negotiations with Indonesia and Thailand, defense officials say

In the first export order for the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile system, the Philippines has approved a $374.96 million contract to purchase a land-based anti-ship variant of the Indian missile, while discussions are ongoing. underway with a few other Southeast Asian countries. Philippine National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has signed the “Notice of Award” for the purchase, with the contract expected to be signed shortly.

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“As the Chief of Procurement Entity (HOPE), I recently signed the Notice of Award for the Philippine Navy Land Based Anti-Ship Missile Acquisition Project. Negotiated with the Government of India , it includes the delivery of three batteries, operator and maintenance training and the necessary Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) package,” Lorenzana said on social media Conceptualized as early as 2017, the president’s office has approved its inclusion in Horizon 2 priority projects in 2020, he said.

The Philippine Marine Coastal Defense Regiment will be the primary employer of this modern strategic defense capability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Lorenzana added.

While the Philippines had occasionally raised a unit to operate the missile system, the contract was delayed for a few years due to the COVID pandemic and budget constraints.

The Philippine Department of National Defense, their Department of Defense equivalent, also confirmed the notification and a copy of the award notice signed by Mr. Lorenzana on December 31, 2021 has been posted on the official website.

“This is to inform you that the proposal of BrahMos Aerospace Private Ltd. for the Land-Based Anti-Ship Missile System Acquisition Project for the Philippine Navy, with a corresponding price proposal in the amount of 374,962,800 $ is hereby accepted,” the letter read. “You are required to provide, within 10 calendar days of receipt of this notice, the performance security in the form and amount stipulated in the terms of reference,” he added.

Ongoing Discussions

As reported by The Hindu Earlier, there is interest in acquiring BrahMos missiles from several countries and negotiations are at an advanced stage with Indonesia and Thailand.

Talks with Indonesia are at a fairly advanced stage, a defense official said. The sale of BrahMos was also on the agenda during Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto’s visit to New Delhi in July 2020, another official said.

BrahMos is a joint collaboration between India and Russia and is capable of being launched from land, sea, submarine and air against land and sea targets and has long been inducted into the armed forces Indian.

The range of the missile was initially capped at 290 km in accordance with Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) obligations. Following India’s entry into the club in June 2016, officials said the range would be extended to 450km and 600km later. An extended-range missile has already been tested, the latest on January 11 by the indigenous guided-missile destroyer INS Visakhapatnam.

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