DND Sec. Lorenzana: BrahMos missiles deal to be signed in 2020

DND Sec. Lorenzana: BrahMos missiles deal to be signed in 2020

The Philippines will soon have its own medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missiles for its coastal defense requirements. 

It will be the country’s first weaponry that will have deterrent capability.

Department of National Defense(DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the contract signing for the BrahMos cruise missiles for the Philippine Army (PA) , will be signed 1st or 2nd quarter of next year.

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

BrahMos - medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missiles was jointly developed by Russia and India
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The said procurement will be via “government to government mode,”
Asked how many BrahMos Cruise missiles will the country be acquiring from India, Sec Lorenzana said “two batteries.”

A missile battery is equivalent to three mobile autonomous launchers with two or three missile tubes each.

The DND Chief explains aside from the Philippine Army, said missiles can also be used by the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

"There is money for it as per our modernization program," Lorenzana said, when asked where will the country gets it fund for the missiles.

The procurement of the land based missile system is part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines modernization program Horizon 2, all acquisition of equipment are geared for external defense and has a budget of P300 Billion.

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Report from PNA

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