As the Philippine Navy and Philippine Air Force aggressively adopt challenging threats from internal and external forces. The Philippine’s ground troops also upgrade their skills, mindset, and, most of all, the use of advanced ground equipment that able to prevent fo those who wanted to challenge the country’s sovereignty.
Land-based Missile System
The Philippine Army activated its first land-based missile battery system under the supervision of its Army Artillery Regiment in October 2019. The unit is currently working on its training programs before acquiring the equipment.
According to the defense secretary, the signing of the contract will be in 2020, possibly in the first or second quarter this year. Around two batteries of BrahMos missiles to be acquired this time.
The acquisition of a land-based missile system is under Horizon Two of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program. It covers from 2018 to 2022 for the purchase of equipment prepared for external defense and has a budget of PHP300 billion.
According to India’s ambassador, the Philippines and India are in talks for the purchase of some defense platforms from India, including the Brahmos missile.
“Discussions are going on a range of weapons systems between India and the Philippines. Once travel becomes possible, the joint committee that looks at defense logistics will meet discuss these things,” he added.
The Philippines and India have had price negotiation talks for the BrahMos cruise missile jointly developed by India and Russia, to conclude a deal in 2020, two people familiar with the matter said separately.
The system’s cost was a crucial factor in Manila’s decision to equip the Philippines Army’s first Land-Based Missile System Battery, which activated in October last year.