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In a significant development bolstering defense capabilities, the Philippine Marine Corps is on track to receive the shore-based BrahMos supersonic cruise missile system later this year, according to confirmation from Shambhu Kumaran, the Indian Ambassador to the Philippines. This move underscores the strengthening partnership between the two countries in the realm of defense collaboration.

The logistics package for the Shore-Based Anti-Ship Missile System (SBASMS) has already been delivered to the Philippines, marking a crucial step in the implementation of this strategic initiative. The SBASMS will enable the Philippine Marine Corps to harness the power of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile system, enhancing its naval capabilities and bolstering maritime security.

Earlier this year, 21 personnel from the Philippine Marine Corps successfully completed training in the operations of the BrahMos Batteries. As a testament to their proficiency, these personnel were awarded interim missile badges, signifying their readiness to operate the advanced missile system effectively.

The BrahMos missile system is a collaborative effort between India’s Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya. The name “BrahMos” itself is a blend of the names of two iconic rivers, Brahmaputra and Moskva, symbolizing the partnership between the two nations. This cutting-edge missile system is renowned for its versatility, as it can be launched from land, sea, sub-sea, and air platforms to engage surface and sea-based targets.

Initially, the missile’s range was limited to 290 km, adhering to the constraints of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). However, following India’s accession to the MTCR in June 2016, the range was extended to 450 km, with further enhancements to 600 km expected in the future. The successful testing of the extended-range missile has demonstrated its effectiveness and reliability, cementing its status as a formidable force in modern defense systems.

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