US approves sale of ten AGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles to India

14 April 2020 (Last Updated April 14th, 2020 14:30)

The US State Department has approved the potential foreign military sale of ten AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air launched missiles and related equipment to the Government of India for $92m.

US approves sale of ten AGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles to India
A Harpoon missile is launched from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) during a live-fire exercise. Credit: US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin V. Cunningham/Released.

The US State Department has approved the potential foreign military sale of ten AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air launched missiles and related equipment to the Government of India for $92m.

The deal also includes containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, Specialized Assignment Airlift Missions (SAAM).

The proposed sale will include US Government and contractor representatives technical assistance, engineering, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support.

It will help to strengthen the strategic relationship between the US and India by supporting the foreign policy and national security of the US.

Additionally, the sale will improve India’s capability to meet existing and future threats from enemy weapon systems.

The Harpoon missile system can perform anti-surface warfare missions to defend critical sea lanes when integrated into the P-8I aircraft.

The enhanced capability will be used by India as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland security.

Boeing will serve as the principal contractor of the deal. The required certification was delivered by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

India has also requested to buy 16 MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight Torpedoes (LWT), three MK 54 Exercise Torpedoes, and related equipment for roughly $63m.

The proposed sale includes MK 54 spare parts, torpedo containers, two Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORP) with containers; Fleet Exercise Section (FES), and fuel tanks built into MK 54 LWT Kits.