Harpoon Missile: India will buy ‘Harpoon Joint Common Test Set’ from America. America has approved for this. This will also make it easier for India to deal with present and future threats.
India will take JCTS from America (US India JCTS) – symbolic picture
Harpoon Missile: The US has approved the sale of ‘Harpoon Joint Common Test Set’ (JCTS) and related equipment to India at an estimated price of $ 80 million. It is believed that this decision will strengthen the bilateral strategic relationship between India and America and it will increase the security of the major defense partner in the Indo-Pacific region. America has issued an official statement regarding this.
The Pentagon’s ‘Defense Security Cooperation Agency’ gave the necessary certification by notifying the US Parliament in this regard on Monday, the statement said. Harpoon is an anti-ship missile. It states that the Government of India had requested to purchase a JCTS. This includes a ‘Harpoon Intermediate Level’ maintenance station, parts and repairs, testing equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training, technical, engineering, and logistics support services on behalf of the US government and contractor, and logistical and program related There are other elements of support involved.
Key to peace in the Indo-Pacific
Its estimated cost is $80 million. The proposed sale will strengthen US foreign policy and national security by improving Indo-US strategic ties and helping enhance the security of a major defense partner (Harpoon Missile US), the DSCA said in a release. India is a key force for political stability, peace and economic development in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia region, the release said. The US recognized India as a ‘big defense partner’ during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in June 2016.
Easy to deal with threats
The US State Department said that the proposed foreign military sale will enhance India’s ability to deal with current and future threats. Through this sale, India’s capability to maintain the Harpoon Missile System will bring flexibility and efficiency. Along with this, maximum readiness of the armed forces will be ensured. The Pentagon said that India will not face any problem in accommodating this equipment in its military forces and that the proposed sale and cooperation of this equipment will not change the basic military balance in the region.
The Boeing Company will be the contractor
“The Boeing Company, based in St. Louis, MO, will be its main contractor,” it said. According to Boeing, Harpoon was first deployed in 1977 (US Missile to India). It is an all-weather anti-ship missile system. The Harpoon missile is the world’s most successful anti-ship missile and is serving in the armed forces of more than 30 countries.
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