World Philippines to acquire missile system from India for $375 million
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MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines has finalised a deal to acquire a shore-based anti-ship missile system from India for nearly $375 million to beef up its navy, the Southeast Asian nation's defence minister said.
The Philippines is in the late stages of a five-year, 300 billion pesos ($5.85 billion) project to modernise its military's outdated hardware that includes warships from World War Two and helicopters used by the United States in the Vietnam War.
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"It's turning out now to be a mistake, because as you said the fourth missile test today. And I'm sure there'll be more," says Anthony Ruggiero from the FDD.U.S. President Joe Biden "chose engagement only," said Anthony Ruggiero of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. "That was his policy in 2021. He didn't even sanction any of North Korea's nuclear missile programs at all in 2021.
Under the deal negotiated with the government of India, Brahmos Aerospace Private Ltd will deliver three batteries, train operators and maintainers, and provide logistics support, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a Facebook post late on Friday.
It was conceptualised in 2017, but faced delays in budget allocation and due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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The new anti-ship system aims to deter foreign vessels from encroaching on the country's 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone.
In 2018, the Philippines bought Israeli-made Spike ER missiles, its first-ever https://www.reuters.com/article/philippines-defence-idINKBN1I3193 ship-borne missile systems for maritime deterrence.
Despite friendlier ties between China and the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte, Beijing has remained adamant in claiming large portions of the South China Sea, a conduit for goods in excess of $3.4 trillion every year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have lodged competing claims.
A 2016 international arbitration ruling, however, said the Chinese claims had no legal basis.
($1 = 51.31 Philippine pesos)
(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)
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