Washington, Feb 11: Ahead of President Donald Trump's visit to India later this month, the US State Department has approved a potential $1.867 billion Foreign Military Sale to India of an Integrated Air Defense Weapon System (IADWS) that it said will help strengthen the US-Indian strategic relationship. On February 7, the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.
"India intends to use these defense articles and services to modernize its armed forces, and to expand its existing air defense architecture to counter threats posed by air attack. This will contribute to India’s military goal to update its capability while further enhancing greater interoperability between India, the US, and other allies," said the State Department. "India will have no difficulty absorbing these systems into its armed forces."
India has sought to buy an Integrated Air Defense Weapon System (IADWS) comprised of five AN/MPQ-64Fl Sentinel radar systems; 118 AMRAAM AIM-120C-7/C-8 missiles; three AMRAAM Guidance Sections; four MRAAM Control Sections; and 134 Stinger FIM-92L missiles.
"This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the US-Indian strategic relationship and to improve the security of a major defensive partner, which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia region," the State Department said. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region, it said. (UNI)