India, Philippines set to sign BrahMos missile deal

India and the Philippines are expected to formally enter into a government-to-government agreement with BrahMos soon, ending years of negotiations for the supply of a batch of supersonic cruise missiles for the Philippine Navy, people said on Thursday. familiar with development.

The purchase is expected to signal a major resumption of India’s strategic relationship with the Philippines, which focuses on stepping up its naval prowess in the face of its continued friction with China in the South China Sea.

The people named above have said that negotiations over the BrahMos deal are nearing completion and the two sides are now set to officially seal the deal in the coming weeks.

BrahMos Aerospace, an Indo-Russian joint venture, produces supersonic cruise missiles that can be launched from submarines, ships, airplanes or land platforms.

The missile flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach, almost three times the speed of sound. The variant to be exported should have a range of around 290 kilometers.

In recent days, the Philippines has entered into a number of defense agreements to modernize its armed forces.

In November last year, Russian Deputy Chief of Mission Roman Babushkin said India and Russia were planning to export the BrahMos missile to the Philippines and several other countries.

It is learned that initially the Philippines will procure the missiles for its naval forces, although the country is also examining weapons for its ground forces.

A number of countries, including Indonesia and many countries in the Gulf region, have expressed interest in purchasing the missile.

In March, India signed a framework agreement with the Philippines that provided for government-to-government agreements for the supply of defense materiel and equipment.

Defense and strategic ties between India and the Philippines have been on an upward trajectory in recent years. In August, India conducted a naval exercise with the Philippines in the South China Sea.

A major ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) country, the Philippines has territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea region.

China claims sovereignty over the entire South China Sea, a huge source of oil. However, several ASEAN member countries, including Vietnam, the Philippines and Brunei, have counterclaims.

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