Philippine Army looks to induct BrahMos missile

by Parth Shukla

The Philippine Army is likely to induct the BrahMos PJ-10 variant (pictured) for coastal defence missions. (Gordon Arthur)

The Philippine Army (PA) is seeking to procure the BrahMos missile system under the third phase of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program (RAFPMP).

The 'third horizon' will be from 2023 to 2027, PA spokesperson Colonel Xerxes Trinidad told the state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA). “The PA is yet to acquire [the BrahMos missile] since we are still on the second horizon (2018–22) [and] some of the programmed acquisitions are still in process,” he said.

Col Trinidad added that the PA will induct two BrahMos missile batteries to be deployed for coastal defence. He said the two batteries will serve as a general support artillery unit and will complement joint territorial defence forces.

Col Trinidad also told the PNA that the BrahMos fulfils the PA's Ground-Based Anti-Ship Missile (GBASM) needs and the field artillery mission to “destroy, neutralise, and suppress” the enemy through cannon and rocket fires.


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Russia's Pacific Fleet receives newest nuclear-powered submarines

by Tony Roper

Airbus NEO satellite imagery shows the Project 885M Severodvinsk (Yasen)-class SSGN Novosibirsk and Project 955A Dolgorukiy (Yasen)-class SSBN Knyaz Oleg at the Pacific Fleet's Rybachiy naval base in Kamchatka Krai, Russia, on 28 September 2022. (©Airbus DS 2022/SkyWatch Space Applications Inc/Tony Roper)

The Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet has received two submarines in one day at the Rybachiy naval base in Kamchatka Krai, Russia.

The Project 885M Severodvinsk (Yasen)-class nuclear-powered guided-missile submarine (SSGN) Novosibirsk and Project 955A Dolgorukiy (Yasen)-class nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Knyaz Oleg both arrived at the naval base on 26 September 2022, having departed the Northern Fleet region around 23 August.

Knyaz Oleg joins two other Project 955s in the Pacific Fleet, Alexander Nevskiy and Vladimir Monomakh , which were commissioned in December 2013 and December 2014, respectively, while Novosibirisk is the first of its class for the fleet.

Both submarines have had a long wait to be sent to their new homebase, having been commissioned on 21 December 2021.

Novosibirisk remained at Severodvinsk in the White Sea until this transfer, while


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US nears releasing unclassified defence strategy

by Marc Selinger

The Pentagon has shared a classified version of the 2022 National Defense Strategy with Congress. (Getty Images)

US President Joe Biden's administration plans to publicly release an unclassified version of its new National Defense Strategy (NDS) “shortly”, a White House official said on 27 September.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) sent a classified version of the 2022 NDS to Congress in March. The DoD's two-page “fact sheet” on the NDS describes China as “our most consequential strategic competitor and the pacing challenge for the department”.

Two other defence-related documents that the administration is drafting are unlikely to usher in significant policy changes, according to Cara Abercrombie, deputy assistant to the president and coordinator for defence policy and arms control at the White House's National Security Council.

The Conventional Arms Transfer Policy will mainly emphasise existing arms transfer practices, such as speeding weapon system deliveries to Ukraine, Abercrombie told the Common Defense (ComDef) conference in Rosslyn, Virginia. The policy will “help clarify” the administration's priorities but will “not effectively change” the way it conducts business.


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LIG Nex1 outlines LAMD development plans

by Jon Grevatt

LIG Nex1's low-altitude missile defence system, a model of which is shown above, has a range of 7 km. (Janes/Dae Young Kim)

South Korea's LIG Nex1 has disclosed plans to supply its low-altitude missile defence (LAMD) system to the Republic of Korea (RoK) Armed Forces by the end of the decade.

The company started development of the system earlier this year, and told Janes at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition in Goyang that the LAMD will undergo seven more years of work before it is ready for deployment.

“We have planned two years of engineering development, one year to prepare for full-scale development, and four more years of full-scale development,” said an LIG Nex1 official.

The company is developing the system in collaboration with the Agency for Defense Development (ADD).

The LAMD, which is based on the Haegung Korean Surface-to-Air Anti-Missile (K-SAAM) system developed for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN), underwent its first test in April. This featured a test-firing from the ADD's launch facility in Anheung.

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