The State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale to the government of India of Harpoon Joint Common Test Set (JCTS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of US$82 million.
This proposed sale is designed to support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the US-Indian strategic relationship.
The principal contractor will be The Boeing Company and there are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Any offset agreement required by India will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor/s.
Included in the sale is one Harpoon Intermediate Level maintenance station; spare and repair parts, support, and test equipment; publications and technical documentation; personnel training; as well as US government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics support services. The estimated total cost is US$82 million.
This proposed sale aims to improve India’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing India with flexible and efficient Harpoon missile maintenance capabilities to ensure maximum force readiness. India expects it will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.
Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of one US contractor representative to India for a duration of one year to support technical reviews, support, and oversight.
The basic military balance in the region will not be altered following the proposed sale of this equipment and support. It is designed 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.
There will be no adverse impact on US defence readiness as a result of the proposed sale.
Journalist – Defence and Security, Momentum Media
Nastasha is a Journalist at Momentum Media, she reports extensively across veterans issues, cyber security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. Previously, she was a Content Producer at Verizon Media, a Digital Producer for Yahoo! 7 and Channel 7, a Digital Journalist at Sky News Australia, as well as a Website Manager and Digital Producer at SBS Australia. She started her career in media as a Video Producer and Digital News Presenter at News Corp Australia.