The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a foreign military sale (FMS) of a Harpoon Joint Common Test Set (JCTS) to India.

Approved by the US State Department, the total estimated cost of the FMS and associated equipment is $82m.

The sale package includes one Harpoon JCTS and one Harpoon Intermediate Level maintenance station.

It also includes containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training, and training equipment.

The FMS deal also includes US Government and contractor technical and engineering support services, as well as other related aspects of logistics and programme support.

The proposed sale will help to strengthen the strategic relationship between the US and India.

The sale will also improve India’s capability to meet existing and future threats from enemy weapon systems.

Boeing will serve as the prime contractor for the FMS.

DSCA stated: “Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of one US contractor representative to India for a duration of one year to support technical reviews, support, and oversight.

“There will be no adverse impact on US defence readiness as a result of this proposed sale.”

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

Last April, DSCA approved the potential FMS of ten AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air launched missiles and related equipment to India for $92m.