US clears sale of Harpoon missiles, torpedoes worth $155 million to India

US clears sale of Harpoon missiles, torpedoes worth $155 million to India

US clears sale of Harpoon missiles, torpedoes worth $155 million to India: The Trump Administration on 13 April 2020 notified the Congress of its determination to sell Harpoon Block II air-launched missiles and lightweight torpedoes of worth USD155 million to India.

A determination in this regard was recently made by the US State Department following a request for this two military hardware made by the Indian Government according to the Pentagon report.

the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in two separate notifications to the Congress that the cost of 10 AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air-launched missiles is estimated appx USD92 million, on the other hand, 16 MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight Torpedoes and three MK 54 Exercise Torpedoes are estimated to cost USD63 million.

According to the Pentagon, the Harpoon missile system will be integrated into the P-8I aircraft to conduct anti-surface warfare missions in defence of critical sea lanes while enhancing interoperability with the United States and other allied forces.


While the Harpoon missiles will be manufactured by Boeing, the torpedoes would be supplied by Raytheon, the notification 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 defence. 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 equipments and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

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