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US clears sale of Harpoon missile and torpedoes priced a total of $155 million to India

On April 14, 2020, According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the US (United States) President Donald Trump’s administration has approved the sale of Harpoon Block II air-launched anti-ship missiles & MK 54 lightweight torpedoes priced a total of $ 155 million to India to combat regional threats and increase the security of its soil.US approves sale of anti-ship missilesIn this regard, 10 AGM-84L Harpoon Air Launched Missiles priced at $ 92 million, while 16 MK (Mark) 54 All Up Round Lightweight Torpedoes and three MK 54 Exercise Torpedoes will be given to India for $ 63 million.

Key Points:

i.The 3.84-metre long anti-ship Harpoon missiles manufactured by Boeing & the torpedoes supplied by Raytheon, would be integrated with India’s P-8I aircraft (also known as the “submarine killer”) to perform surface-to-surface warfare in defence of critical sea lanes while enhancing interoperability with the United States and other allied forces.

ii.Harpoon missiles:

  • Capable of having 500-pound penetration, this multi-mission aircraft has a high-explosive blast warhead that provides it with enough firepower to destroy coastal defence and surface-to-air missile sites, industrial installations and docked ships.
  • It is built for long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
  • While Torpedo will provide the capability to conduct anti-submarine warfare missions.

iii.This sale will be helpful in US foreign policy and national security and will strengthen the India-US strategic relationship.

About P-8I aircraft:

  • It is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft that Boeing developed as a replacement for the US Navy’s ageing P-3 fleet. Indian Navy became the first international customer for the P-8 aircraft having about $ $ 2.1 billion contract on Jan 1, 2009, for 8 aircraft.
  • It has high speed, high endurance of 10 hours & is capable of thrusting a corrective response and maintaining surveillance over India’s immediate and extended areas of interest.

About Defense Security Cooperation Agency:
Headquarters– Washington, D.C., United States
Parent organization– United States Department of Defense