SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
According to ” FinancialExpress.com ” Indonesia is keen on acquiring a shore-based anti-ship variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from India and the deal might be closed by end of this year. Indonesia will be the second export operator of Brahmos missiles after the Philippines which recently contracted a deal for Brahmos from India.
The Philippines also has plans to procure more BrahMos from India particularly shore-based anti-ship variants that even the Indian Navy recently acquired as earlier shore-based variants were configured for land attack roles as part of its Coastal mobile missile system. Indonesian Navy is also keen to acquire ship-based anti-ship variants of BrahMos due to which a team from BrahMos Aerospace visited Indonesia shipyard to study the possibility of fitting the missile.
Vietnam which operates older Russian P-800 Oniks which are often called the predecessor of the BrahMos is also keen on acquiring BrahMos and Akash Missiles systems from India. Many countries who were interested in the purchase of BrahMos but remained fence sitters are encouraged by the recent deal with the Philippines as India plans to also target prospective clients in South America, the Middle East, and North Africa.
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