Philippines to buy HIMARS, BrahMos anti-ship cruise missiles

During a recent event in Nueva Ecija, Philippine Army chief Lt. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. has revealed plans to purchase the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (Himars) and Indian BrahMos anti-ship cruise missiles later this year.

These planned acquisitions is part of the country’s ongoing military modernization. Rather, this year, the military’s modernization program enters its final phase, Horizon 3.

To be noted that the Philippine Navy (PN) has already purchased three batteries of the BrahMos shore-based anti-ship missile system (SBASMS) which will be the primary weapon of the Coastal Defense Regiment (CDR), a newly formed unit of the Philippine Marines.

This previous acquisition of BrahMos is part of a $375 million deal in January 2022 between India’s BrahMos Aerospace and the Philippine government.

Notably, this was the first export order for the missile, a joint product of India and Russia.