AGM-84L-1 Harpoon Block II air launched missiles
AGM-84L-1 Harpoon Block II air launched missiles

US State Department Clears India to Buy Harpoon Joint Common Test Set (JCTS)

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of India of Harpoon Joint Common Test Set (JCTS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $82 million. The Government of India has requested to buy one (1) Harpoon Joint Common Test Set (JCTS). Also included is one (1) Harpoon Intermediate Level maintenance station; spare and repair parts, support, and test equipment; publications and technical documentation; personnel training; U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support.

The estimated total cost is $82 million. This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-Indian strategic relationship and to improve the security of a major defensive partner, which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia region. This proposed sale will improve India’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing India with flexible and efficient Harpoon missile maintenance capabilities to ensure maximum force readiness. The principal contractor will be The Boeing Company, St. Louis, MO.

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Indian Navy P-8I Multimission Maritime Patrol Aircrafts
Indian Navy P-8I Multimission Maritime Patrol Aircrafts

The US State Department also 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 $92 million. 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). Boeing will serve as the principal contractor of the deal. 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 $63 million.

The Harpoon is an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile, developed and manufactured by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing Defense, Space & Security). The Harpoon was purchased by many American allies, including India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates and most NATO countries. The AGM-84L Harpoon Block II all-weather, over-the-horizon, sea-skimming anti-ship/land-attack missile system can perform anti-surface warfare missions to defend critical sea lanes when integrated into the P-8I aircraft. The Indian government and Boeing concluded a $2.1 billion contract for the purchase of eight P-8I aircraft in 2009.

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