India has prepared a big plan to surround China. The country has started laying the net of the fastest supersonic anti-ship cruise missile BrahMos. For this, India has made a deal of $ 375 million (Rs 2789 crore) to export Brahmos to the Philippines, the enemy country of Dragon.
According to sources, the National Defense Department of the Philippines has issued a ‘Notice of Award’ to BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd, under which the contract between the two countries is likely to be signed by next week. China has suffered a major setback from this deal. The Philippines has an ongoing dispute with China over the rights over the South China Sea. According to the report, in such a situation, the Philippines can deploy BrahMos missile in its coastal areas.
This is the first deal of BrahMos missile
This is the first contract for export of BrahMos missiles. This is expected to ease the way for missile deals with Asian countries like Indonesia and Vietnam. According to a report in the Times of India, the deal is a political and diplomatic move to curb China’s growing expansionism as well as establish a strong strategy with its neighbors in the South China Sea.
What is BrahMos missile?
BrahMos is one of the fastest supersonic missiles in the world. It reaches the target at Mach 218, which is about three times the speed of sound. It can hit the target at a distance of 290 km. The Indian Armed Forces have placed orders worth over Rs 36,000 crore for BrahMos in the last few years.
India has already deployed a large number of BrahMos missiles at several places besides the Line of Control with Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh due to the increasingly aggressive attitude of its neighbor Dragon.