Philippine Army visits Indian Forces’ missile defense capabilities

Aboard the Indian Navy Ship Sahyadri, the Philippine Army Vice Commander visits one of Indian Armed Forces’ missile defense capabilities on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 at Pier 15 South Harbor, Manila.

Maj. Gen. Reynaldo M. Aquino and other Army officers were welcomed with a team led by INS Sahyadri Commanding Officer Capt. Ashwin Arvind. Part of the tour and briefing was a discussion about India’s BrahMos, the world’s fastest supersonic missile that can be launched from ship, aircraft, submarine or land.

“The Philippine Army is interested in acquiring this type of missile as it will strengthen our coastal defense operations,” said Army Spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon P. Zagala.

In line with the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Integrated Missile Defense System program, the PA aims to advance its coordination with the Philippine Navy and Air Force in the safeguarding the country from external threats.

Earlier this month, the Army activated its first land-based Missile System Battery under the Army Artillery Regiment. The unit is currently working on its training programs before acquiring its future equipment.

“The Philippine Army puts premium in upgrading the various areas of its defense capabilities as it plays a vital role in addressing external threats. We ensure the Filipino people that we are on a continuous endeavor of becoming a world-class Army ready to protect our country,” added Zagala. PHILIPPINE ARMY