The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential sale of UGM-84L Harpoon missiles and related equipment to India.
Under the estimated $200m foreign military sale (FMS) programme, India has requested 12 UGM-84L Harpoon Block II encapsulated missiles, 10 UTM-84L Harpoon encapsulated training missiles, and two Encapsulated Harpoon certification training vehicles.
The proposed package includes containers, fleet exercise sections, exercise fuel tanks, surface recovery cage and tools, exercise hardware, maintenance facility upgrades and support and test equipment.
Personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, US Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services are also included.
Mainly aimed at improving the protection of vital sea lines of communication, the Harpoon missile system will be deployed on the Indian Navy’s Shishumar-class submarine (Type 209).
India has already purchased Harpoon missiles for the Indian Air Force’s Jaguar aircraft and the Indian Navy’s P-8I maritime patrol aircraft.
Boeing and Delex Systems are the prime contractors for the FMS programme.
The Boeing-built, all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship Harpoon Block II missiles are capable of executing both land-strike and anti-ship missions against a range of targets.
Designed to offer precise long-range guidance for land and ship targets, the missile also protects coastal defence sites, surface-to-air missile sites, exposed aircraft, port / industrial facilities and ships within the port.
Integrating the inertial measuring element from the Joint Direct Attack Munition programme, the missile also features a mission computer, in addition to an integrated global positioning system / inertial navigation system, and the GPS antenna and receiver from the Standoff Land-Attack Missile Expanded Response missile.