United States approves sale of integrated air defense weapon system to India


The U.S. approved a possible sale of an integrated air defense weapon system (IADWS) to India on Monday for an estimated $ 1.867 billion to modernize its armed forces and expand its existing air defense architecture to address threats from air strikes. The Trump administration has announced to the U.S. Congress its determination to sell India's Integrated Air Defense Weapons System (IADWS), the agency said.

The State Department said the entire system is estimated to cost $ 1.867 billion, the congress said. "India will use these defense articles and services to expand its existing air defense architecture to address attack threats. India will have no difficulty incorporating these systems into its armed forces. This will contribute to India's military goal of further upgrading its capabilities. " Improve interoperability between India, the United States and other allies, "said the State Department.

According to the release, India had applied to purchase an IADWS that would include: – five (5) AN / MPQ-64Fl Sentinel radar systems; 118 AMRAAM AIM-120C-7 / C-8 missiles; 3 AMRAAM guidance sections; 4 AMRAAM control sections; and 134 Stinger FIM-92L missiles.

The IADWS also contains 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); Multispectral target system model A (MTS-A); Canister launcher (CN); High Mobility Launchers (HML); Dual Mount Stinger (DMS) air defense systems; Vehicle-mounted Stinger Rapid Ranger air defense systems.

It also contains communication equipment; Tool sets; Test equipment; Range and test programs; Support equipment; Engine; generators; Technical Documentation; Computerized exercise equipment; Training equipment; Education storms; Ammunition dumps; Training and maintenance facilities; Infrastructure improvements; US government and contractor technical support and technical and logistical support; Warranty; System and integration checkout (SICO); On-site support; and other related elements of logistics and program support.

This move will strengthen and support foreign policy between the two countries, the notification added. "This proposed sale will support the United States' foreign policy and national security by helping to strengthen US-India strategic relations and improve the security of a key defense partner who remains a key force for political stability and represents peace and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia regions, "added the message.