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India, Philippines Ink Deal For BrahMos Missiles

India, Philippines Ink Deal For BrahMos Missiles:

Philippines has signed a $374.96-million deal with BrahMos Aerospace Private Ltd. for the supply of shore-based anti-ship variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.

  • This is the first export order for the missile, a joint product of India and Russia.
  • BrahMos is a joint venture between DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya.
  • The missile derives its name from the Brahmaputra and Moskva rivers.
  • It is capable of being launched from land, sea, sub-sea and air against surface and sea-based targets and has for long been inducted by the Indian armed forces.
  • The range of the missile was originally capped at 290 km as per obligations of the Missile Technology Control Regime.
  • Following India’s entry into the club in June 2016, officials said the range would be extended to 450 km and 600 km at a later stage.