The US government has 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) in two separate releases it intends sell to the government of India ten AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air-launched missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $92 million and sixteen MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight Torpedoes (LWT), three MK 54 Exercise Torpedoes and related equipment for an estimated cost of USD 63 million, added the website.
"The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today," the DSCA statements read.
About the sale of Harpoon air-launched missiles, the DSCA release said: "Also included are containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, Specialized Assignment Airlift Missions (SAAM), US Government and contractor representatives technical assistance, engineering, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support."
"The Harpoon missile system will be integrated into the P-8I aircraft to conduct anti-surface warfare missions in defense of critical sea lanes while enhancing interoperability with the United States and other allied forces. India will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense."
On the sale of torpedoes, the DSCA informed that the Government of India had requested to buy sixteen MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight Torpedoes (LWT) and three MK 54 Exercise Torpedoes (MK 54 LWT Kit procurement required), added the website.
"Also included are MK 54 spare parts; torpedo containers; two (2) Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORP) with containers; Fleet Exercise Section (FES) and fuel tanks built into MK 54 LWT Kits (above); air launch accessories for fixed wing; spare parts; training, publications; support and test equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics support," the agency said.
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Last Updated Apr 14, 2020, 4:21 PM IST