PH capable of acquiring 'BrahMos' missiles - Lorenzana

PH capable of acquiring 'BrahMos' missiles - Lorenzana

The dream of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to have its own supersonic cruise missiles for its coastal defense is nearing its completion.
This after the Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the AFP has the necessary budget for its acquisition.

"There is money for it as per our modernization program," the defense chief said.

The Philippine Army is eyeing the acquisition of medium-range ramjet supersonic, which was jointly developed by Russia and India. BrahMos cruise missiles, for coastal defense missions.

The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile as displayed by India.
(photo credit to owner)

Under the Horizon 2 of the Modernization Program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, one of its priority for acquisition is a land based missile system for the country. Horizon 2 is slated for 2018 to 2022 and geared for the acquisition of equipment geared for external defense with a budget of PHP300 billion.

As per the Defense Secretary, the Philippine Army is currently evaluating BraHmos.

"The Army is looking at it," he added.

It may be recalled last October,the PA activated its first land-based missile battery system which is under the supervision of the Army Artillery Regiment. The unit is currently working on its training programs before acquiring its future equipment.

The BraHmos cruise missiles can be launched from ship, aircraft, submarine or land and has a top of Mach 3 and capable of carrying warheads weighing 200 to 300 kilograms.

“The Philippine Army is interested in acquiring this type of missile as it will strengthen our coastal defense operations,” PA spokesperson said earlier.

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