Indian naval forces will soon receive American Harpoon anti-ship missiles. As reported by Navy Recognition, US State Department approved the possible sale of anti-ship missiles to India.
As the newspaper writes, the proposed deal involves the delivery of a test batch of Harpoon anti-ship missiles to the Indian Navy. It is assumed, that in the future, these missiles will go into service with the American base patrol aircraft P-8I Poseidon (Indian name – Neptune), actively purchased by the Indian Navy. All aircraft are delivered unarmed.
The test batch of missiles is intended for testing in the interests of the Indian Navy. In addition to the missiles themselves, India requested a service station., spare parts and repair kits, auxiliary and test equipment, as well as staff training and logistics support.
Last year, the Indian Navy requested the United States to sell ten Boeing AGM-84L Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles and 16 anti-submarine torpedoes Raytheon Mk 54 LWT caliber 324 mm (+ 5 practical torpedoes for training) specifically for armament P-8I Poseidon.
Harpoon – all-weather over-the-horizon anti-ship missile, put into service in the 70s of the last century. Repeatedly modernized, Block II version appeared in 2008 year. Maximum range – 280 km.