India will begin training the Philippine Armed Forces on operating the Brahmos supersonic missile system from July. In January this year, the two countries signed an agreement worth more than $375 million. This was India’s first major export order for the supply of high-tech weapon systems.
The missile is a joint venture between India and Russia and this missile can hit a target at a distance of over 300 km. Brahmos Aerospace, the Hyderabad-based company that manufactures this missile, is now helping the Philippines set up systems for the anti-ship missile. The Philippine Navy formed the first battalion of the Brahmos earlier this month.
India will supply three batteries of the Brahmos missile to the Philippines over the next two to three years, sources said. These missiles have a speed of 2.8 mach (three times the speed of sound) and the contract includes crew training and the necessary integrated logistics support.
Encouraged by this contract, India is now engaged in talks with Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and a few other countries to export the Brahmos system, sources said. The missile can be fired from land, sea, air and submarines. India has already introduced the missile system in the army and navy. In fact, some missile batteries are now deployed all along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) facing China.
Appreciating the qualities of the missile system, the Philippine Marine Corps said it would operate one of the best anti-ship missile systems on the planet, capable of detecting, tracking, pursuing and rapidly destroying targets , according to reports from the Philippines.
Recently, the missile made headlines after it misfired and landed in Pakistan. The missile was fired from a base in Sirsa and there were no casualties in Pakistan. The IAF has already opened the court of inquiry and the Indian government has said it takes the incident seriously.
The Philippines and some other countries had asked for clarification after the incident. Indian officials in Delhi had communicated the reasons for the incident and they fully understood the matter, officials said.