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Chinese Rising Dragon WZ-7 hovers close to Philippines ahead of delivery of BrahMos cruise missiles from India | India bloomers

A WZ-7 Soaring Dragon drone of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army was recently spotted flying close to the Philippines, at a time when the country is preparing to receive BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles from India.

The WZ-7 drone, which has a distinctive and instantly recognizable wing shape, was spotted flying over the West Philippine Sea, a part of the South China Sea northwest of the Philippine archipelago, reported Raffy Tima, a correspondent for the Philippine news organization GMA News, as quoted by The EurAsian Times.

The incident took place amid rising tensions between China and the Philippines over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

The acquisition of the BrahMos missile from India is also being touted as an effort to build capacity against an aggressive China, The EurAsian Times reported.

India will supply the first set of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles to the Philippines, according to media reports.

The move is part of the $375 million deal between the two countries signed in 2022.

The Indian Air Force is sending its US-origin C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft with the missiles to the Philippines to deliver the weapon system to the Philippine Marine Corps, defense sources told ANI.

The transport of systems has also taken place via the sea route where cargo ships were hired, the sources said.

The export of ground systems for the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile system, along with the missiles, began last month itself, they said.

The 4th Joint Consular Consultation Meeting (JCCM) between India and Philippines was held in Manila on April 12, 2024.