The United States has cleared the potential sale of six further P-8I maritime patrol plane for India, value $2.42 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which handles these gross sales, notified the US congress of the clearance of the deal by the state division on Friday.

India already has a fleet of P-8I patrol plane, with eight ordered in 2009 and 4 extra in 2016. With six extra now, “will allow the Indian Navy to expand its maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) capability for the next 30 years”, the DSCA stated, including, “India will have no difficulty absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces.”

Manufactured by Boeing, P-8I is an Indian variant of P-8s that the corporate says are designed for long-range anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. It does a number of missions and comes geared up with “state-of-the-art sensors, proven weapons systems, and a globally recognised platform”.

India’s order for the brand new P-8Is comes with eight Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Joint Tactical Radio Systems 5 (MIDS-JTRS 5); 42 AN/AAR-54 Missile Warning Sensors; 14 LN-251 with Embedded Global Positioning Systems/Inertial Navigations Systems and different components.

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the US-Indian 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,” the DSCA stated.

Defense purchases from the United States have been more and more an integral a part of rising ties between the 2 nations. From close to zero in 2008, India-US defence commerce touched $20 billion in 2020, helped alongside by main coverage upgrades. The US designating India a Major Defence Partner (in 2016) after which granting it identical entry to defence know-how as NATO allies and Australia, Japan and South Korea underneath Strategic Trade Authorization-1 (STA) in 2018.

And, India has signed all foundational agreements – additionally referred to as enabling agreements – overcoming years of hesitation: Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) in 2020, Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) in 2018, Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement in 2016, and General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) in 2002.

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