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Indian missile deal with the Philippines is a game changer

South Asian nation transforming itself into a global supplier of affordable weaponry

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Indian BrahMos missile, pictured at the International Maritime Defense show in St. Petersburg in July 2019: India can transform itself into a global leader in the production of relatively inexpensive weapons systems.   © AP

Richard Heydarian is an Asia-based academic, columnist and author of "The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt Against Elite Democracy" and the "The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China and the New Struggle for Global Mastery."

After years of negotiations and uncertainty, the Philippines and India have finalized the much-ballyhooed BrahMos supersonic missile deal. With a price tag of $375 million, it marks a milestone for India's burgeoning defense industry, especially as the South Asian powerhouse tries to reduce its dependence on large-scale arms imports.

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