The government awarded its project to acquire a shore-based anti-ship missile system for the Navy to Indian firm BrahMos Aerospace, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has confirmed Friday.
Lorenzana, in a social media post, said he signed the notice of award recently, as the head of procuring entity.
A proposed price of US$ 374,962,800 (currently more than P19.26 billion) was accepted, according to the notice signed by Lorenzana and sent to BrahMos Aerospace’s representative, Rajendra Negi, on December 31.
“Negotiated with the government of India, [the project] includes the delivery of three batteries, training for operators, and maintainers, as well as the necessary integrated logistics support package,” Lorenzana said.
The Marine Corps’ Coastal Defense Regiment will be the system’s primary employer, he added.
The shore-based anti-ship missile system acquisition is part of Horizon 2 of the Armed Forces’ Modernization Program, which started in 2018 and will run until 2022.
BrahMos, a joint venture of Russian rocket design bureau NPO Mashinostroyeniya and India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation, is currently the world’s fastest supersonic missile with speeds of up to mach 3, or thrice the speed of sound.
Its systems can fire a medium-range (400 to 500 kilometers) missile from ship, aircraft, submarine, or land.