India signs deal for Harpoon Block II missiles with US

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    India has signed an agreement with the US government to purchase 24 Harpoon Block II missiles for its Jaguar strike aircraft, in a bid to ramp up its maritime warfare capability.

    Boeing country head, defence, space and security, Mr Vivek Lall told ET, “the deal was successfully concluded through the Foreign Military Sales route late last month, with Boeing as the prime contractor. The missiles are for the Indian Air Force’s maritime strike squadron.”

    The deal, expected to be worth about $170 million, has been on the cards for over two years now, with the Bush administration having wheeled out a sales notification during defence minister A K Antony’s visit to Washington in 2008. The US had also sold the same missiles to Pakistan.

    The Harpoon Block II is the latest version of the subsonic missile and is able to strike land-based targets and ships. It is an all-weather, over the horizon, anti-ship missile which can be launched from surface ships, submarines and aircraft.

    However, Lall said no agreement had been reached yet with regard to supplying the missile for P-8I, India’s long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. The P-8I is scheduled for delivery in 2013.

    “The final weapons package for the P-8I is yet to be decided, and will again be sold through the FMS route,” he said.

    According to the latest report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, the attack capability of the Navy’s depleted fighter aircraft fleet has been significantly eroded, as they have not been kept in full combat readiness, with the bombs fitted having become obsolescent.

    Mr Lall said the Phase II of the Apache and Chinook helicopter programmes for the IAF will be held in the US later in the year. Phase II will involve weapons integration field trials for both choppers.

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  2. prototype
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    so P8I is not coming with the weapon package?
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    Interesting. This will surely add a punch to the Naval Air Arm's air-launched attack capabilities.
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    Its for the Jaguars..... Can I ask a Stupid Question?? Does Indian Navy Operate Jaguars???
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    The Jaguars are of the Air Force but are assigned to the Navy for the maritime strike role. They operate under the Naval Air Arm.
    Jaguar IM = Maritime strike version
    Jaguar IS = Land strike version
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    Ohhh I see, Interesting.....
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    i noticed that to but actually do not struk my mind at that time.........may b they r referring to SEA HARRIER,their is no Jaguar in our inventery
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    ok,thats it,thank u
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    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.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.
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