The Philipines recently became the first customer of Indo-Russian BrahMos missiles. Experts say BrahMos could just be the beginning as India looks to export other powerful missiles to ally nations.
India’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) had informed the country’s Parliament last year that it had clocked a massive hike in the export of military equipment in the past five years.
MOD also announced that the government has set an ambitious goal of exporting aerospace and defense equipment and services worth around 35,000 crores (approx $5 billion) by 2025.
While this may sound too optimistic for a country that has traditionally been a large defense importer, there are a few policy decisions that may be indicative of a changing trend.
In what could be the first major defense export deal for India, the Philippines accepted BrahMos Aerospace’s proposal to supply supersonic cruise missiles to its navy on January 14. This has essentially put all speculations to rest about the BrahMos missile contract that has been a topic of discussion on both sides for quite some time.
The $374.9 million agreement was announced via a ‘Notice of Award’ signed by Secretary Delfin Lorenzana of the Philippines Department of National Defense.