US may sell 24 harpoon missiles to India

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Washington, Sep 10: US has offered India a $170 million deal for the sale of two dozen Harpoon air to ground anti-ship missiles to modernise its air force anti-surface warfare mission capabilities and improve its naval operational flexibility. The '84L Harpoon Block II' missiles are designed primarily as satellite guided anti-ship missiles.

"India intends to use the Harpoon missiles to modernize its air force anti-surface warfare mission capabilities and improve its naval operational flexibility," The News quoted the agency as saying in a statement. The deal, in which Boeing would be the prime contractor, would be worth 170 million dollars, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said.

The Pentagon announced the possible sale of the Harpoon missiles to India as Defence minister A K Antony met his US counterpart Robert Gates on Tuesday, Sep 9 'to discuss ways to deepen the bilateral security cooperation'.

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