According to DefenseNews’ Aaron Mehta, this sale comes with a healthy price tag of $2.6 billion. This approval is good news as tensions continue to simmer between India and Pakistan.
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The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced,
“The proposed sale will provide India the capability to perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions along with the ability to perform secondary missions including vertical replenishment, search and rescue, and communications relay,” the announcement reads. “India will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense.”
This proposed sale will not alter the basic military balance in the region and it will require the assignment of 20-30 U.S. Government and/or contractor representatives to India.
The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York. The purchaser typically requests offsets. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor.