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The Philippine Armed Forces (AFP) is set to receive a significant boost in its capabilities with the imminent arrival of the BrahMos supersonic missile system, according to local media reports, BrahMos shipment will arrive today (19/04/2024) from IAF Transporter Aircraft. This acquisition marks a major milestone in the modernization efforts of the AFP, particularly in the face of ongoing tensions in the West Philippine Sea.

The BrahMos missile system was first ordered in 2021, is expected to be shipped by the end of March 2024, as confirmed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) will take the lead in operating the BrahMos Shore-Based Anti-Ship Missile (SBASM) system, with the Philippine Navy planning to acquire its own BrahMos system in a separate deal.

The acquisition of the BrahMos system stems from a long-term vision. The project was first conceptualized in 2017 and received presidential approval in 2020. This move aligns with the “Horizon 2” Priority Projects under the AFP’s revised modernization program, a response to ongoing tensions in the West Philippine Sea due to incursions by Chinese vessels.

In February 2023, 21 Filipino Marines completed training in India, gaining the necessary skills to operate and maintain the SBASM system for seamless integration of the BrahMos missile into the PMC’s existing infrastructure.

The arrival of the BrahMos system signifies a critical step in the Philippines’ pursuit of a more robust national defense. This advanced technology, coupled with strategic training, strengthens the country’s ability to safeguard its territorial integrity.

The BrahMos missile boasts an impressive range of up to 290 kilometers and maintains supersonic speed throughout its flight. This translates to a shorter time to reach targets, reduced chance of interception, and quicker engagement compared to traditional subsonic missiles.

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