New Delhi: Philippines on Friday accepted Indian BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited’s proposal worth $374.9 million to supply Shore-Based Anti-Ship Missile systems for the Philippines Navy, which is a major success for the government’s plans to increase defence exports. The sources suggest that additional orders for the Philippines army are also in talks between the two countries.
“The Notice of Award has been communicated to BrahMos officials by the Philippines Department of National Defense accepting the proposal worth around USD 375 million,” government officials said here.
The Philippines government’s Department of Defence has also uploaded the contract award notice on its website, confirming the development and has given 10 days notice to the defence company to respond with ‘Performance Security’.
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 contract follows the successful test-fire of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise missile from the Indian Navy’s INS Visakhapatnam warship on January 11. The missile is a joint venture between India and Russia where Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) represents the Indian side.
The Indian government’s defence export push comes after DRDO bagged orders for a ‘made-in-India’ weapon locating radars from the Armenian government recently.
The BrahMos export order would be 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.
It 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.
BrahMos chief Atul Dinkar Rane has been working towards enhancing the indigenous content in the missile system and expanding the production base.
BrahMos Aerospace is also investing in increasing its research and development to help the private sector domestic defence industry to grow.
BrahMos is the main weapon system of the Indian Navy warships and has been deployed on almost all of its surface platforms. BrahMos missile flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach or times the speed of sound.
An underwater version is also being developed which will not only be used by the submarines of India but will also be offered for export to friendly foreign nations.