South Asian Insider
US clears sale of Harpoon missiles, torpedoes for India’s P-8I aircraft
The US State Department approved the sale following a request for these two military hardware made by the Indian Government, the Pentagon said amidst China flexing its military muscles in the strategic Indo-Pacific region and the Indian Ocean. (News Agencies) The US State Department has cleared two deals to sell India Harpoon Block II air launched missiles and lightweight torpedoes worth $ 155 million. The anti-ship missiles and the torpedoes would be integrated with the P-8I aircraft, also called the “submarine killer”. The 10 AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air launched missiles that have a range of about 124 km is estimated to cost $ 92 million. The 16 MK 54 All Up Round Lightweight Torpedoes and three MK 54 Exercise Torpedoes are expected to cost $ 63 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in two separate notifications to the Congress. According to the Pentagon, the Harpoon missile system will be integrated into the P-8I aircraft to conduct anti-surface warfare missions in defence of critical sea lanes while enhancing interoperability with the United States and other allied forces. “India will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense. India will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces,” the Pentagon said. The proposed sale, it said, will improve India’s capability to meet current and future threats from enemy weapon systems. The Harpoon missiles will be manufactured by Boeing and will be integrated into the P-8I aircraft, the Indian variant of Boeing’s P-8s. This is a multi-mission aircraft designed for long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission. The 3.84 metre long missile has a 500-pound penetration, high-explosive blast warhead that gives it enough firepower to destroy coastal defence and surface-to-air missile sites, industrial installations and docked ships. According to the Pentagon, this proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the US-India 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. China is engaged in hotly contested territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas. Beijing has also made substantial progress in militarising its manmade islands in the past few years, which it says it has the right to defend, according to news agency PTI. China claims sovereignty over all of the South China Sea. But Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims. In the East China Sea, Beijing has territorial disputes with Japan. The South China Sea and the East China Sea are stated to be rich in minerals, oil and other natural resources. They are also vital to global trade.
Court-appointed committee a non-starter
The only issue over which there is a deadlock is the demand for repeal of the laws. The special committee cannot hear the two sides on this issue. The...
'Deep displeasure': India sends a stinker to WHO's Tedros over India's map
The 8 January letter is the third communication to the World Health Organisation in a month, reminding Tedros and his office to fix the maps (News ...
Farmers' protest: Youth Congress collects soil for India's map as a tribute
During the campaign from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, the soil will be collected, especially from villages and home towns of the 65 farmers, who have lost ...
Trump impeachment risks bogging down early days of Biden presidency
The prospect of Donald Trump facing a bitter impeachment trial in the US Senate threatens to cast a shadow over the earliest days of Joe Biden’s pres...
Vice President Pence, remove Trump now
What more does it take? President Donald Trump has brought the country to depths of division, unrest and instability that once would have been unthink...
HC asks RBI, SBI to maintain status quo on accounts of three Anil Ambani-led firms
The Delhi high court on Wednesday directed the State Bank of India (SBI) and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to maintain status quo concerning the ac...
For SpaceX Mission, Says He's "Excited, Honoured"
Raja Chari, 43, will serve as the commander while NASA's Tom Marshburn will be pilot and ESA's Matthias Maurer will serve as a mission specialist for ...
North Korea is going to be a major headache for whoever wins the US election
(News Agencies)- As Barack Obama ended his 75th day as President of the United States, the engines of a massive North Korean rocket roared to life ha...
Let it remain free country: SC after police summon woman over Facebook post
The woman had shared a crowded Raja Bazar area scene of Kolkata and questioned the Mamta Banerjee government's seriousness to enforce the lockdown. ...
India, US call on Pakistan to take immediate and irreversible action against terrorism
Besides China's aggressive actions across the region and beyond, counter-terrorism was part of the discussions between external affairs minister S Jai...
© All rights Reserved. The south Asian, Published Weekly from New york.