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The Philippine Army (PA) is set to bolster its coastal defence capabilities with the acquisition of the Indian-made BrahMos cruise missile system. This move is part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) strategy to enhance its ability to safeguard the country’s coastlines. AFP chief Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. recently revealed the plan during a media interview.

The Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) has already initiated its procurement of the BrahMos cruise missile system, placing an order for three batteries. The Philippine Army, in coordination with the PMC, intends to further strengthen the nation’s coastal defence capabilities.

While the specific number of batteries the Philippine Army will acquire remains unspecified, Gen. Brawner mentioned that the Army’s procurement would exceed the PMC’s acquisition. A typical missile battery comprises three mobile autonomous launchers, each equipped with two or three missile tubes, in addition to tracking systems.

The BrahMos cruise missile system is a versatile platform that can be launched from various platforms, including ships, aircraft, submarines, and land-based launchers. It boasts an impressive top speed of approximately Mach 2.8, equivalent to around 3,400 kilometres per hour, and is capable of carrying warheads weighing between 200 to 300 kilograms.

This strategic acquisition is expected to address critical weaknesses and vulnerabilities in the country’s military capabilities, particularly in sea control, anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD), and coastal and island defence operations. By deploying the BrahMos cruise missile system, the Philippine Army aims to fortify its coastal defence posture and ensure the protection of its territorial waters and coastlines.

Once the acquisition proposal for the BrahMos cruise missile system is approved and funded, the Philippine Army will be better equipped to carry out coastal defence missions in conjunction with the Philippine Marine Corps. This development is a crucial step in enhancing the nation’s overall defence and security capabilities, strengthening its resolve to safeguard its coastal territories.

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