The Pentagon has notified the US Congress about its decision to sell anti-ship Harpoon missiles to India costing some $200 million to enhance the defence capability of an important partner and strengthen Indo-US strategic ties.
The entire package under the foreign military sale route includes a dozen odd UGM-84L Harpoon Block II Encapsulated Missiles, 10 UTM-84L Harpoon Encapsulated Training missiles, and two Encapsulated Harpoon certification training vehicles, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency said.
“The estimated cost is $200 million,” it said, adding the Harpoon missile system will be employed on the Indian Navy’s Shishumar class submarine and will provide enhanced capabilities in defence of critical sea lines of communication.
India has already purchased Harpoon missiles for integration on Indian Air Force Jaguar aircraft and Indian Navy P-8I maritime patrol aircraft.
India will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles into its armed forces, the Pentagon said in its notification to the Congress.
“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the US-India strategic relationship and to improve the security of an important partner which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in South Asia,” the Pentagon said, adding this proposed sale of Harpoon missiles will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
Boeing would be manufacturing the Harpoon missile.“In accordance with the Indian Defence Procurement Policy, a contractor may be expected to conclude offset agreements with the Government of India but no offset agreement is currently known to have been proposed in connection with this potential sale,” it said. (PTI)
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