In order to enhance the defense of its territories, the Philippines is actively considering the acquisition of more advanced missile systems as part of its ongoing modernization program.

The Philippine military is resolute in its efforts to procure additional cutting-edge missile systems that will primarily bolster the security of the country’s coastlines.

Lt. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., the Commanding General of the Philippine Army, recently disclosed plans to purchase the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and the Indian BrahMos anti-ship cruise missiles.

These acquisitions align with the directive of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., urging the country’s security forces to prioritize territorial defense.

To fulfill this objective, the Philippine Navy has already acquired three batteries of the BrahMos shore-based anti-ship missile system (SBASMS).

This system will serve as the primary weapon for the newly established Coastal Defense Regiment (CDR) within the Philippine Marine Corps.

The acquisition of the BrahMos missile system is part of a significant $375 million agreement signed between India’s BrahMos Aerospace and the Philippine government in January 2022. (AI/MNM)