US gives nod for Harpoon missile deal with India
The United States has approved the sale of Harpoon Joint Common Test Set (JCTS) and related equipment to India for a cost of USD 82 million; the decision would help both countries to strengthen the bilateral strategic ties.
Harpoon is an anti-ship missile; thus the deal will also help to improve the security of a major defensive partner in the Indo- Pacific region. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has delivered the necessary certification notifying the US Congress of this possible sale on Monday.
The Government of India has requested to procure one Harpoon Joint Common Test Set (JCTS). Also included is one Harpoon Intermediate Level maintenance station; spare and repair parts, support, and test equipment; publications and technical documentation; personnel training; US Government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated total cost is USD 82 million.
During his visit to US in June 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the US considered India as a "Major Defence Partner", which commits the U.S. to facilitate technology sharing with India to a level commensurate with that of its closest allies and partners, and industry collaboration for defence co-production and co-development.