The Philippines Army has zeroed in on purchase of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles to be equipped on its first ever land-based missile system battery following extensive trials and the only thing that remains is finance aspect of the deal.
“As far as the Philippines Army is concerned, the consensus on the BrahMos system is a done deal. Now, it’s all about the price negotiations and we hope the deal will be finalised next year,” a source familiar with the negotiations was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times on Monday.
A mock-up of land-based version of BrahMos was displayed at an expo in Manila on December 5. It was mounted on a truck launcher system and a chart outlined the Philippines Army’s development road map for the first Land Based Missile System Battery.
The chart said the battery had been activated and its personnel would undergo special courses on rockets, missiles and training simulators to be prepared for inducting the missiles. The Army expects the battery’s personnel and equipment to be ready, for all the equipment to be acquired by 2024 and be combat ready by 2028, the report stated.
India has reportedly offered a $100 million line of credit to the Philippines for defense purchases. Manila, however, is exploring the option of acquiring the missiles with its own funds to be allocated in the next budget.
“Various options are being looked at – whether it should be internal funding or a preferential loan – and whether there will be some preferential terms offered for the sale. The cost will determine how many systems are bought,” the source said.
New Delhi is also pitching the BrahMos for sale in Indonesia and Vietnam.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted a successful test firing of BrahMos surface-to-surface cruise missile in combat mode on October 22, at the Trek Islands in Car Nicobar Islands region off Indias Eastern coast. The launch comes a day after the weapon was tested in practice configuration
India on Monday test-fired the land-attack version of Brahmos supersonic cruise missile from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur in Odisha state. The missile was equipped with locally-made propulsion system, airframe, power supply and other major components
The Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has cleared a INR 1,350 crore ($189.5 million) purchase of two Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Batteries (NGMMCB) of BrahMos land-based missiles for its naval forces
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Indian Defense Minister will inaugurate the induction ceremony of first Indian Air Force (IAF) Su-30MKI squadron equipped with BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles at the Air Force Station in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu state, on January 20. "The induction ceremony of the jets armed with BrahMos would take place on January 20 and the fighters would have the most potent platform capable of long reach and multi-role capabilities," Air Marshal Amit Tiwari said on Wednesday
The Philippines Army is set to become the first international customer of the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile with its Department of National Defense (DND) intending to buy two batteries the contract for which is expected to be signed in May 2020. Following the announcement by DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in December, Brahmos is gearing up for its first international sale
With Brahmos missile Integration into Indian Air Force (IAF) SU-30MKI ‘Complete, following the third test launch last week, the IAF may begin equipping more such aircraft with the heavy supersonic cruise missile. The December 17 test launch of the BrahMos-A missile in user configuration took place off the coast of Odisha
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