U.S. approves 2 missile deals with India 

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‘No known offset agreements yet’ 

  • The U.S. State Department has approved two potential missile deals with India, for an estimated $92 million and $63 million. 
  • The first deal, is for 10 AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air-launched missiles and related equipment. These missiles can be fitted onto Boeing’s P-8I (Poseidon-Eight India) maritime patrol aircraft, and are intended to enhance India’s capability in anti-surface warfare while defending its sea lanes. 
  • The second deal, for $63 million and principally contracted with Raytheon Integrated Defense System, is for 16 MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight Torpedoes (LWT). 
  • Three MK 54 Exercise Torpedoes (MK 54 LWT Kit procurement required); and related equipment. Also included are MK 54 spare parts, torpedo containers, two Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORP) with containers and related equipment and support from the U.S. government and contractors. 
  • The torpedoes are expected to enhance India’s anti-submarine warfare capability and can be used with the P-8I. 

Delay in delivery 

  • The Indian Navy operates eight P-8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft procured under a $2.2 billion deal in 2009.  
  • In 2016, the Navy exercised an optional clause for four more aircraft in a deal worth over $1 billion. The first of the four aircraft was to be delivered in May and the deal completed by January 2022.  
  • However, the initial delivery is expected to be delayed by a couple of months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Boeing was to deliver the first aircraft slightly early in May, but due to the current situation it is expected to be delivered as per the original schedule in July. 
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