Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Coastal I.

This is coolbert:

The Philippines as confronted by China, the Exclusive Economic Zone [EEZ] as declared by the former being poached by the latter.

NO remedy easily found, the Filipino having to rely on second-hand naval assets in an effort to exert and maintain sovereignty over territory as within their dominion.

Land-based BrahMos a possible "solution"?

"Philippines: India Has A Solution To The Chinese Threat"

BrahMos a long-range anti-ship missile of formidable capability. But not cheap!

As described in an article found at Strategy Page:

"One way to do this is by using land based anti-ship missiles with enough range and heft to hit Chinese ships. One of the best candidates is from India, which manufactures and offers for export the PJ-10 BrahMos . . . The 3.2 ton BrahMos has a range of up to 300 kilometers and a 300 kg (660 pound) warhead. Perhaps the most striking characteristic is its high speed, literally faster (at up to a kilometer per second) than a rifle bullet. The maximum speed of 3,000 kilometers an hour makes it harder to intercept and means it takes five minutes or less to reach its target. The BrahMos is designed to go after high value targets that require great accuracy and a large conventional warhead . . . at the moment the Philippines doesn’t have too many workable defenses against the Chinese takeover of Filipino offshore waters, reefs and small islands, which makes new ideas, like land based anti-ship missiles a possibility"

Coastal artillery as it was in the past but now missile based, range much more significant? See a You Tube video of BrahMos in action! Impressive!

BrahMos is expensive? NOT ONLY missiles but associated hardware and impedimenta creates a cost that will be prohibitive for the Filipino?


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