PH to consider buying military weapons from India

PH to consider buying military weapons from India

The United States of America, Israel, Indonesia, South Korea, China, Russia and now… India.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte left the other day, saying that he will talk to India because he would like to have access to India’s cheap medicines. The president is one of the chief guests during India’s Republic Day celebration in New Delhi. Duterte along with the other nine Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders were invited for the special commemorative summit.

This marks the first foreign trip of the president for this year and he made it sure it will count in expanding the Philippines interests.    *
The BrahMos missile system is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile from India that is capable of being launched from submarines, ships, aircrafts and from land based mobile systems.( photo credit for moneycontrol news)

On the first day of his visit to India, the President during his bilateral talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Philippines will consider acquiring military weapons and warships from India.

The two leaders had very productive talk during the sidelines of the India-Asean Commemorative Summit, the discussions mainly deals with economic and political ties between the Philippines and India and even the possibility of a military cooperation between the two.

There was a commitment, in fact, for the Philippines to purchase Indian military hardware,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque told a press briefing .

Roque was prodded by the press to elaborate on the discussion between the two leaders, he said that the issue came up when prime Minister Modi broached India’s capability in the production of military weapons.

“The Prime Minister said they have expertise in ships and other military hardware, so President Duterte manifested that in the same way he has decided to purchase weapons from China and Russia, he will also consider purchasing Indian weapons,” Roque said.

It is publicly known that the Philippines has one of the weakest military in the Asian region, has been trying to modernize its military capabilities by acquisition of modern arms.   *

One of the reports that came 2015 is that the Philippine military leaders have been contemplating on acquiring Shore Based Missile Systems for the Armed Forces of the Philippines. And India has been floated as a possible source of such missile system with its BrahMos coastal missile battery.
Report from PDI

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