India’s defence exports surge: Fourth BrahMos battery headed to Philippines

Under a deal worth $375 million signed in 2022, three batches of BrahMos missiles have already been delivered to the Philippines, with the fourth en route to Manila.

| Updated: 23 April, 2024 12:09 pm IST

NEW DELHI: India is boosting its defence exports by sending a fourth batch of land-based BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles to the Philippines on Tuesday. This move comes as tensions rise due to Chinese activities in the South China Sea.

Under a deal worth $375 million signed in 2022, three batches of BrahMos missiles have already been delivered to the Philippines, with the fourth en route to Manila. Each batch consists of four launchers carrying three missiles, providing a formidable defence capability with a range of 290 km. The BrahMos missile’s high speed makes it difficult to intercept by land or ship-based defence systems.

India’s defence exports reached ₹21,083 crores in the fiscal year 2023-2024, showing a significant 32.5% year-on-year growth, thanks in part to the BrahMos deal. With its proven effectiveness, India anticipates securing more orders for these supersonic missiles in the future.

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In addition to missile exports, the Indian government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is exploring a joint venture with Mazagon Dockyards Limited and the French Naval Group. This venture aims to manufacture Scorpene-class diesel-electric submarines in Mumbai for export to countries like Indonesia and Malaysia. Chief of Defence Staff Gen Anil Chauhan is currently in France to discuss cooperation in submarine construction and explore opportunities for joint production under India’s self-reliance initiative.

While major powers like the P-5 use nuclear-powered submarines for deterrence, India is considering various options for its maritime security needs. These include manufacturing nuclear-powered submarines or exploring alternatives such as lithium batteries, air-independent propulsion, conventional diesel-electric submarines, and underwater armed drones. Decisions on these options are expected to be finalised during Modi’s third term in office.

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