US approves sale of Integrated Air Defense Weapon System worth $ 1.867 billion to India
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US approves sale of Integrated Air Defense Weapon System worth $ 1.867 billion to India

Washington, February 11, 2020

The US Department of State has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of an Integrated Air Defense Weapon System (IADWS) for an estimated cost of $1.867 billion.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on February 7, 2020.

A news release from DSCA on Monday said the Government of India had requested to buy an Integrated Air Defense Weapon System comprised of: five AN/MPQ-64Fl Sentinel radar systems; 118 Amraam AIM-120C-7/ C-8 missiles; three Amraam Guidance Sections; four Amraam Control Sections; and 134 Stinger FIM-92L missiles.

Also included are 32 M4A1 rifles; 40,320 M855 5.56mm cartridges; Fire Distribution Centers (FDC); Handheld Remote Terminals; Electrical Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) Sensor Systems; Amraam Non-Developmental Item-Airborne Instrumentation Units (NDI­AIU); Multi-spectral Targeting System-Model A (MTS-A); Canister Launchers (CN); High Mobility Launchers (HML); Dual Mount Stinger (DMS) Air Defense Systems; Vehicle Mounted Stinger Rapid Ranger Air Defense Systems; communications equipment; tool kits; test equipment; range and test programs; support equipment; prime movers; generators; technical documentation; computer based training equipment; training equipment; training towers; ammunition storage; training and maintenance facilities; infrastructure improvements; U.S. Government and contractor technical support, engineering and logistics support services; warranty services; Systems and Integration Checkout (SICO); field office support; and other related elements of logistics and program support.

"The total estimated cost is $1.867 billion," the release said.

"This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-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.

"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 U.S., and other allies. India will have no difficulty absorbing these systems into its armed forces.

"The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region," it said.

The principal contractors involved in this program are The Raytheon Corporation and Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace.

"There are no known offset agreements proposed in conjunction with this proposed sale; however, the purchaser typically requests offsets. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the Purchaser and the prime contractor(s)," the release said.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require 60 U.S. Government or contractor representatives to travel to India for a period of six weeks (non-concurrent). Activities will include de-processing/fielding, training, and technical/logistics support.

"There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

"This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded," the release added.

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