Eye on China, Philippines to buy Brahmos in $375m deal 

What is the news? 

India has recently closed a deal worth more than 2000 crore for export of Brahmos missile to the Philippines. 

What is Brahmos? 

– Read here. 

Why is the deal significant? 

It is strategically significant in the backdrop of China’s expansionism and strong arm tactics with its neighbours in the South China Sea.

India has over time supported freedom of navigation and overflight for all in the South China Sea in accordance with UNCLOS. 

This will give further impetus to India’s Act east policy. Over the years India has been trying to strengthen its ties with ASEAN countries through combat exercises, exchanges, training and now weapon supplies. 

It will help India in becoming a major exporter of arms from being one of the world’s top arms importer as other countries like UAE, Saudi Arabia and South Africa have also shown interest in acquiring Brahmos. 

Source: This post is based on the article “Eye on China, Philippines to buy Brahmos in $375m deal ” published in Times of India on 15th Jan 2022 

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