US approves sale of missile, torpedoes worth $155 million to India

WASHINGTON: The Trump Administration on Monday notified the
Congress of its determination to sell Harpoon Block II air launched
missiles and lightweight torpedoes worth $155 million to India.
The sale of 10 AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air launched missiles is
estimated to cost $92 million, while 16 MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight
Torpedoes and three MK 54 Exercise Torpedoes are estimated to cost
$63 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in two
separate notifications to the Congress.
A determination in this regard was recently made by the US State
Department following a request for these two military hardware made by
the Indian Government, the Pentagon said.
According to the Pentagon, 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 inter-operability 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. India will
have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces,” the Pentagon said.
While the Harpoon missiles will be manufactured by Boeing, the torpedoes would be supplied by Raytheon, the notification
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said.
The proposed sale, it said, will improve India’s capability to meet current and future threats from enemy weapon systems. The
MK 54 Lightweight Torpedo will provide the capability to conduct anti-submarine warfare missions.
“India will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense. India intends
to utilize MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes on its P-8I aircraft. India will have no difficulty absorbing these systems into its armed
forces,” it said.
In both the notifications, the Pentagon said that the proposed sale of these equipment and support will not alter the basic
military balance in the region.
According to the Pentagon, this proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by
helping to strengthen the US-Indian strategic relationship and to improve the security of a major defensive partner, which
continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia

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