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INDIA’S BRAHMOS MISSILES TO THE PHILIPPINES



  Apr 23, 2024

INDIA’S BRAHMOS MISSILES TO THE PHILIPPINES



1. What is the BrahMos missile?

The BrahMos is a supersonic cruise missile developed jointly by India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya. It is named after the Brahmaputra and Moskva rivers and can be launched from land, sea, sub-sea, and air platforms, targeting both surface and sea-based targets.

2. When did the Philippines purchase the BrahMos missiles?

The Philippines signed a $375 million contract with India in January 2022 for three batteries of the shore-based, anti-ship variant of the BrahMos missile.

3. What is the significance of this missile system for the Philippines?

The BrahMos missiles are intended to enhance the defensive capabilities of the Philippines, particularly in the context of territorial disputes in the South China Sea. The missiles provide a significant deterrent against threats to the nation’s sovereignty and sovereign rights.

4. What other countries are interested in acquiring BrahMos missiles?

Several other nations have expressed interest in the BrahMos missile system, with discussions in advanced stages with countries like Indonesia and Thailand.

5. How does this deal affect India’s stance in the region?

The export of BrahMos missiles to the Philippines aligns with India’s commitment to upholding a rules-based international order and promoting peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region, as reiterated by India’s External Affairs Minister during his visit to the Philippines.

6. How does the delivery of these missiles influence regional security?

The deployment of BrahMos missiles in the Philippines is likely to impact regional security dynamics, particularly amid ongoing tensions in the South China Sea, by bolstering the military capabilities of the Philippines against potential maritime threats.


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