Posted: July 2, 2014 4:10 PM
State Department Approves Sale of Harpoon Missiles to India, Tomahawks to U.K.
WASHINGTON — The State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale to India of UGM-84L Harpoon missiles and to the United Kingdom of Tomahawk Block IV Torpedo Launched Land-Attack missiles, along with associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support, for an estimated cost of $200 million and $140 million, respectively. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of these sales on July 1, the agency said in separate releases.
This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean a deal has been concluded.
India has requested a possible sale of 12 UGM-84L Harpoon Block II Encapsulated Missiles, 10 UTM-84L Harpoon Encapsulated Training missiles, 2 Encapsulated Harpoon certification training vehicles, containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, U.S. government and contractor engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.
This proposed sale to India will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-India strategic relationship and to improve the security of an important partner which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in South Asia.
This Harpoon missile system will be employed on the Indian Navy’s Shishumar-class submarine (Type-209) and will provide enhanced capabilities in defense of critical sea lines of communication. India has already purchased Harpoon missiles for integration on Indian Air Force Jaguar aircraft and Indian Navy P-8I maritime patrol aircraft. India will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles into its armed forces. State says the proposed sale of Harpoon missiles will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The principal contractors will be Boeing Co., St Louis; and Delex Systems Inc., Vienna, Va. In accordance with the Indian Defense Procurement Policy, a contractor may be expected to conclude offset agreements with the Government of India but no offset agreement is currently known to have been proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor personnel to India. However, U.S. Government or contractor personnel in-country visits will be required on a temporary basis for program, technical, and management oversight and support requirements for approximately five years.
The United Kingdom has requested a possible sale of up to 65 Block IV All-Up-Round Torpedo Tube Launched Tomahawk Land-Attack Missiles, containers, engineering support, test equipment, operational flight test support, communications equipment, technical assistance, personnel training/equipment, spare and repair parts, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $140 million.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving U.K. military capabilities and enhancing weapon system standardization and interoperability. The United Kingdom is a major political and economic power and a key democratic partner of the United States in ensuring peace and stability around the world.
The United Kingdom needs these missiles to replenish those expended in support of coalition operations. The proposed sale will enhance the United Kingdom’s ability to engage in coalition operations along with the U.S. Navy. The United Kingdom, which already has Tomahawk missiles in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles.
The principal contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems Co. in Tucson, Ariz. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of additional U.S. Government or contractor personnel in the United Kingdom.