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India Gets First Ever Export Order For BrahMos, Philippines Inks $375-Million Deal

BrahMos missile deal is also India’s first major weapon sale.

BrahMos Supersonic Cruise missile (PTI file image)

New Delhi: India and the Philippines signed the $ 375 million contract for the sale of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, on Friday. The Philippines is buying the anti-ship version of the missile. The Indian team of BrahMos Aerospace in India, led by BrahMos CEO Atul D Rane, Deputy CEO Sanjeev Joshi, Lt Col R Negi, and Praveen Pathak signed the $ 375 million deal with the representatives of the Philippines on Friday.

Making it New Delhi’s maiden export consignment jointly developed with Russia, BrahMos missile deal is also India’s first major weapon sale. The missiles are meant for the Philippines Navy.

The formalizing of the agreement comes after the Philippines authorities accepted weapon-systems proposal worth $374.9 million for its navy on January 15. The proposal was sent by Indian BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd.

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According to the details of the agreement, India will deliver three batteries, provide training for operators and maintainers, and an integrated logistics support (ILS) package.

The Defence Research Development Organisation and BrahMos Aerospace together have been pushing hard for exports of this missile to friendly foreign countries for the last few months.

The latest deal with the Philippines could help in sales of the BrahMos – the missile with a range of 290 km and ability to carry a 200-kg warhead – to other friendly Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia and Vietnam.

The Indian government’s defence export push is coming from the DRDO stable as it bagged orders for a ‘made-in-India’ weapon locating radars from the Armenian government recently.

Officials close to the matter have confirmed that India is in the advanced stage of negotiations with some other nations too. The missile is also getting more capable due to added range and other modern technologies getting incorporated into it.

The BrahMos export order is the biggest for the country in this field and is likely to propel India amongst the arms exporter countries as more orders for the missile are expected from other friendly countries too.

BrahMos Aerospace is also investing in increasing its research and development to help the private sector domestic defence industry to grow.

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