Last year, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, threw in the towel on the battle over territory in the South China Sea, or didn’t he? Duterte insinuated it was better for Manila to pursue “diplomatic endeavors” with China over the dispute, because China had the military might.

So why exactly, did India and the Philippines — specifically, Philippine defense undersecretary Raymund Elefante and Indian ambassador Shambu Kumaran — lay the groundwork for a secret deal to procure the deadly BrahMos missile?

The Southeast Asian nation is set to become the first buyer of BrahMos supersonic land attack misssile, part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to expand defense exports, Eurasian Times reported.

As we know, the medium-range ramjet supersonic BrahMos cruise missile is a highly adaptable, effective weapon. One that would certainly make any threatening nation, ie. China, sit up and take notice.

An Indo-Russian joint venture, BrahMos, can be fired in inclined or vertical configurations from ships, submarines, aircraft and ground launchers.

Capable of hitting sea based targets beyond radar horizons, it’s the perfect weapon for a small nation, that wants to do a little sabre-rattling, without having to do the R&D.

Just uncrate, and fire — a Mach 3.5 monster of destruction.

Initial versions of the BrahMos go up to the range of 290 km, but last year India tested an extended range of around 400 kilometers, with more versions of higher ranges above 1,000 kilometers currently under development.

Initial versions of the BrahMos go up to the range of 290 km, but last year India tested an extended range of around 400 kilometers, with more versions of higher ranges above 1,000 kilometers currently under development.

Some experts are slamming the deal, suggesting the country doesn’t even have the required infrastructure to ensure that purchases are maintained and manpower is trained to maintain the systems.

And even with BrahMos, experts point out that the country doesn’t have a budget to configure its combat ships to launch them.

While details of the procurement have not yet been revealed, New Delhi has reportedly offered a soft loan of US$100 million to Manila, to acquire the missiles.

If a formal deal is signed, the defense credit line may as well be extended, which will help the Philippines in the procurement.

Cruise missiles like BrahMos are a type of systems known as the “standoff range weapons” which are fired from a range sufficient to allow the attacker to evade defensive fire from the adversary.

BrahMos can even be launched from a submarine. In March, 2013, this version was successfully tested at a depth of 50 meters from a submerged platform off the coast of Visakhapatnam.

The canister stored missile is launched vertically from the pressure hull of the submarine and uses different settings for underwater and out of the water flights.

In 2016, The Hague tribunal backed the Philippines in its case over the disputed waters of the South China Sea. It also found China in violation of the Philippines’ sovereign rights in those waters by interfering with its fishing and petroleum exploration and by constructing artificial islands.

However, China refused to accept the ruling and instead, has shown more aggressiveness in protecting its claims. Meanwhile, Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program is well on its way, as the country attempts to achieve a rapid recovery — ironically, with the help of Beijing.

Chinese companies have signed two major construction contracts for a bridge link to Davao City in Mindanao and a cargo railway in Luzon

The Subic-Clark railway project, which will cost approximately US$940 million, will be bank-rolled by China. It will also be the highest-funded G-to-G cooperation project between China and the Philippines so far.

Asia & Eurasian Times / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2021.

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Tarantula
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06-03-21 23:58

Together we stand divided we fall?

Abraham
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07-03-21 16:14

Another missile next to Dong Feng that is able to destroy ships and other big targets?