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Philippines Receives Its First BrahMos Missile System

Yulian Ardiansyah - : Apr 20, 2024 - : 1:51 am

The Philippine Armed Forces (PAF) took delivery of the first India-made BrahMos land-based anti-ship missile system at Clark Air Base on Friday (Apr. 19).

Transported from India aboard an Indian Air Force (IAF) C-17 Globemaster III military airlift aircraft, this missile system forms part of three BrahMos batteries ordered by the Southeast Asian nation in January 2022. The USD375 million contract also established the Philippines as the first foreign customer of the joint India-Russia missile project, designed to strike naval targets with speeds up to Mach 3.

Originally scheduled for delivery in January this year, adverse weather conditions at the planned launch sites for the missile batteries in the Philippines led to a postponement. The Philippine Marine Corps (PMC), which will operate these BrahMos missile systems, has prepared three separate locations to protect the country’s sea lanes, particularly around the disputed area in the West Philippine Sea.

The BrahMos anti-ship missile is a ramjet-powered supersonic cruise missile developed based on Russia’s P800 Oniks. While the original version of the missile has an official range of 900 km, the export version delivered to the Philippines has a reduced maximum range of 290 km due to the limitations of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), of which both India and Russia are member states.

Developed in ship, submarine, land, and air-launched versions, the BrahMos missile has dimensions of 8.4 metres in length, 0.6 metres in diameter, and weighs around 3,000 kg. The missile is equipped with either a 200-kg or 300-kg warhead, which enables it to severely damage or sink large warships.

Within the PMC, the newly established Shore-Based Anti-Ship Missile (SBASM) Battalion will oversee the operation of these batteries. Additionally, discussions are underway between the Philippine Army and India regarding the latter’s potential acquisition of land-based BrahMos missiles for coastal defence.


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