United States Approves $ 155 Million Harpoon and Torpedo Missile Sale to India

WASHINGTON: The United States government approved the sale of air-launched Harpoon anti-ship missiles and torpedoes to India for a combined cost of $ 155 million.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) reported in two separate statements that the State Department has made a determination to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to the government of India of ten AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air-launch missiles. and related equipment for an estimated cost of $ 92 million and sixteen MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight (LWT) torpedoes, three MK 54 exercise torpedoes and related equipment for an estimated cost of $ 63 million.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency released the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today, the DSCA statements read.

On the sale of Harpoon air-launched missiles, the DSCA statement said: Also included are containers, spare parts and repair parts, test and support equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training teams, Transport missions Specialized Assignment Airways (SAAM), US Government Representatives. USA And contractors, technical assistance, engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support.

The proposed sale, DSCA said, will enhance India's ability to deal with current and future threats from enemy weapons systems.

The Harpoon missile system will be integrated into the P-8I aircraft to carry out anti-surface warfare missions in defense of critical sea lanes while improving interoperability with the United States and other allied forces. India will use the enhanced capacity as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its defense of the homeland.

On the sale of torpedoes, the DSCA reported that the Government of India had requested to purchase sixteen MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight (LWT) torpedoes and three MK 54 exercise torpedoes (purchase of MK 54 LWT kit required).

MK 54 spare parts are also included; torpedo containers; two (2) recoverable exercise torpedoes (REXTORP) with containers; Fleet Exercise Section (FES) and fuel tanks integrated into MK 54 LWT kits (above); aerial launch accessories for fixed wing spare parts; training, publications; support and testing equipment; technical and logistical and engineering support services from the United States government and contractors; and other related logistics support elements, the agency said.

The MK 54 Lightweight Torpedo will provide the ability to carry out anti-submarine warfare missions. India will use the enhanced capacity as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its national defense. India intends to use MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes on its P-8I aircraft, DSCA added.

The organization also said that the proposed sale will not upset the basic military balance in the region.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the strategic relationship between the United States and India and enhance the security of a major defensive partner, who remains an important force for political stability, peace , and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific region and South Asia, the DSCA statements read.

The P-8I aircraft is equipped for long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in support of wide-area, maritime, and coastal operations. Its set of sensors and communication includes indigenous equipment developed by defense PSUs and private manufacturers.