Potential missile deals with India approved by the USA
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – International relations
- U.S. State Department has approved two potential missile deals with India, for an estimated $92 million and $63 million.
- The first deal is for 10 AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air-launched missiles and related equipment.
- These missiles can be fitted onto Boeing’s P-8I (Poseidon-Eight India) maritime patrol aircraft.
- The second deal is for:
- 16 MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight Torpedoes (LWT);
- Three MK 54 Exercise Torpedoes; and
- Two Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORP).
Important value additions:
- The Harpoon is an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile air-launched missile.
- The P-8s (Poseidon-Eight) Indian variant is referred to as P-8I.
- The aircraft plays a crucial role in being the eyes of the Indian Navy and carrying out critical maritime operations.
- It gives India’s maritime warriors a significant edge in the strategically important Indian Ocean region.
- The P-8I is responsible for:
- coastal patrolling
- supporting operations of other arms of the military.