Shore-based anti-ship variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

Which of the following country has approved a $374.96 mn contract for the purchase of shore-based anti-ship variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from India?

A. Philippines
B. South Korea
C. Indonesia
D. Sri Lanka

Answer: Philippines

Explanation: In the first export order for the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile system, the Philippines has approved a $374.96 mn contract for the purchase of shore-based anti-ship variant of the missile from India, while discussions are ongoing with a few other Southeast Asian counties.

Secretary of National Defence of Philippines Delfin Lorenzana has signed the ‘Notice of award’ for the purchase, the contract for which is expected to be signed very soon.

Negotiated with the Government of India, it includes the delivery of three batteries, training for operators and maintainers as well as the necessary Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) package.

Conceptualised as early as 2017, the Office of the President approved its inclusion in the Horizon 2 Priority Projects in 2020.

The coastal defence regiment of the Philippine Marines will be the primary employer of this modern strategic defence capability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

There is interest for acquiring BrahMos missiles from several countries and negotiations are in advanced stages with Indonesia and Thailand. Discussions with Indonesia are in a fairly advanced stage.

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