Philippines to acquire supersonic BrahMos missiles from India - Lorenzana

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (from PNA) and photo of BrahMos missile (Shutterstock)

There is no stopping the Philippines in acquiring the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from India as the deal is expected to be signed early next year, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana last Monday.

Lorenzana made the announcement after the possibility of The Philippines having the missile on its inventory was brought up.

"Signing of the contract will be in 2020. Possibly on the first or second quarter," Lorenzana said in Filipino.

The DND chief said that the country will be acquiring "two batteries”. Meanwhile, a missile battery is equivalent to three mobile autonomous launchers with two or three missile tubes each.

The BrahMos Aerospace website  said “The missile has a flight range of up to 290 km with 
supersonic speed all through the flight, leading to shorter flight time, consequently ensuring lower dispersion of targets, quicker engagement time and non-interception by any known weapon system in the world.”

“Its cruising altitude could be up to 15 km and terminal altitude is as low as 10 meters. It carries a conventional warhead weighing 200 to 300 kgs,” it added.

Further, the BrahMos is said to have “3 times more velocity, 2.5 to 3 times more flight range, 3 to 4 times more seeker range, and 9 times more kinetic energy.”

Lorenzana added that the weapons can also be maximized by the Philippine Air Force (PAF) aside from the army.

Earlier, when asked if the country can support its modernization program, the DND chief said: "There is money for it as per our modernization program," 

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