US to sell anti-ship missiles to India | Lok News US to sell anti-ship missiles to India By Lok News Bureau • Sep 15th, 2008 • Category: USA WASHINGTON – Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) informed the US Congress of its plan to sell HARPOON Block II Missiles as well as associated equipment and services to India. The total value could be as high as $170 million. The Government of India has requested a possible sale of 20 AGM-84L HARPOON Block II missiles; 4 ATM-84L HARPOON Block II Exercise missiles; containers; training devices; spare and repair parts; supply/technical support; support equipment; personnel training and training equipment; technical data and publications; U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics support The estimated cost is $170 million. “This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of an important partner and to strengthen the U.S.-India strategic relationship, which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in South Asia,” the Pentagon said. If the Harpoon deal goes through, it would be the fourth major US arms sales to India over the last three years. Washington has already sold to Indian military, ANTPQ37 weapon-locating radars, six giant Hercules C-130J transport aircraft and eight new maritime P-8 reconnaissance aircraft. India intends to use the HARPOON missiles to modernize its Air Force Anti-Surface Warfare mission capabilities and improve its naval operational flexibility. The missiles will assist the Indian Navy to develop and enhance standardization and operational ability with the United States. India will have no difficulty absorbing these missiles into its armed forces. DSCA stated that the proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region. Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to India permanently. There may be U.S. Government or contractor personnel in country on a temporary basis in conjunction with program technical and management oversight and support requirements.