Indian Defence Ministry clears Rs 423-crore deal for US torpedoes

New Delhi, October 23 (KMS): The Indian Navy will strengthen its anti-submarine capability with the Defence Ministry signing a contract with the US government for the procurement of MK 54 Torpedo and expendable (chaff and flares) at a cost of Rs 423 crore.

In April, the US Department of State had approved this Foreign Military Sale to India at an estimated cost of $63 million. The principal contractor for the first deal is Raytheon Integrated Defense System.

The Indian Navy will strike another deal of acquisition of 10 AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air-launched missiles and related equipment at an estimated cost of $92 million. Boeing is the principal contractor for the equipment in the Harpoon deal.

India plans to use the equipment requested in both deals on the Indian Navy’s Boeing P-8I maritime aircraft. The MK 54 lightweight torpedoes are used by US surface ships, fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters and are their primary anti-submarine warfare weapon.