The endorsement of the deal of the Philippines for the BrahMos missile brings improvement and power for both of the nations. For India, it is the start of arms sales inside ASEAN and could prompt more agreements with other Southeast Asian countries. Concerning the Philippines, which aims to modernize its obsolete equipment, the said acquisition of the powerful Indian-Russian Brahmos supersonic missile will fortify its naval forces capacity to defend its cases in the  South China Sea.

Ergo, what caused the Philippines to support the arrangement? To begin with, the BrahMos is a short-Range, ramJet-powered, single warhead, supersonic anti-ship/land-attack cruise missile created and fabricated by India and Russia. The capacity of the frame of the work to be coordinated with land, air, and ocean stages give the framework the genuinely necessary adaptability in current warfare.

BrahMos rocket flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach or very nearly multiple times the speed of sound. As indicated by Strategic Affairs, “the BrahMos is a unique missile as it can be deployed on land, sea, and underwater against different types of targets on land and sea.”

 In addition, experts consider the Brahmos acquisition to be an incentive for cash choice for developing nations with restricted money for defense Spending.

Furthermore, the Brahmos shows its high valued quality, and the Philippines trusted it. On December 31, 2021, the defense secretary of the Philippines, Delfin, Lorenzana said on his Facebook post that he recently signed the “ notice of award.” He said in his brief post, “negotiated with the Government of India, it includes the delivery of three batteries, training for operators and maintainers as well as the necessary Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) package.”

The acquisition and the agreement of the $375 million deal benefited both nations to boost India’s effort to become a significant exporter of defense hardware and, for the Philippines, to strengthen its naval defense in the South China Sea.

Written by – Lalaguna, Aloha Mae L