Philippines buys missile system from India for $375 million

The Philippines has finalized a deal to acquire a land-based anti-ship missile system from India for nearly $375 million to bolster its navy, the South Asian nation’s defense minister said. South East.

The Philippines is in the final stages of a five-year, $5.85 billion project to modernize its military’s obsolete hardware, which includes World War II warships and helicopters used by the United States during Vietnam War.

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Under the deal brokered with the Indian government, Brahmos Aerospace Private Ltd will supply three batteries, train operators and maintainers and provide logistical support, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a Facebook post on Friday.

It was conceptualized in 2017 but experienced delays in budget allocation and due to COVID-19.

The new anti-ship system aims to deter foreign vessels from encroaching on the country’s 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone.

An exclusive economic zone, as prescribed by the 1982 United Nations Convention, is an area of ​​the sea in which a sovereign state has special rights to use the area for the purposes of marine exploration and resources, including the energy production from water and wind.

In 2018, the Philippines purchased Israeli-made Spike ER missiles, its first-ever shipborne missile systems for maritime deterrence.

Despite friendlier ties between China and the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte, Beijing has remained adamant in claiming large parts of the South China Sea, a conduit for goods worth more than $3.4 trillion each year.

Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have also filed competing claims. A 2016 international arbitration award, however, said China’s claims had no legal basis.

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