New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: India on Friday signed a USD 375 million deal with the Philippines for the sale of BrahMos supersonic anti-ship cruise missile to the Philippines Navy, reported news agency ANI quoting government officials.

Under this deal, the Philippines will get three missile batteries of the missile system with a range and speed of 290 kms and 2.8 mach respectively. India will also provide the necessary training to the operators.

This comes days after the Philippines accepted Indian BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited's proposal worth USD 374.9 million to supply the shore-based anti-ship missile systems for its Navy. The Department of Defense of the Philippines government had also uploaded the contract award notice on its website.

"This is to inform you that the proposal of BrahMos Aerospace Private Ltd. For the shore based anti-ship missile system acquisition project for the Philippine Navy, with a corresponding price proposal in the amount of USD 374,962,800 is hereby accepted," the letter stated.

"You are hereby directed to provide, within 10 calendar days from receipt of this notice, the performance security in the form and amount stipulated in the terms of reference," it added.

The BrahMos missile - which can be launched from land, aircraft, ships or even submarines - has been jointly developed by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russian's NPO Mashinostroyeniya under joint venture BrahMos Aerospace.

The DRDO and BrahMos Aerospace together have been pushing hard for exports of this missile to friendly foreign countries for the last few months.

The BrahMos export order would be the biggest for the country in this field and is likely to propel India amongst the arms exporter countries as more orders for the missile are expected from other friendly countries too.

It is in the advanced stage of negotiations with some other nations too. The missile is also getting more capable due to added range and other modern technologies getting incorporated into it.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma