U.S. Approves Sale of MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes, Harpoon Missiles to India

The U.S State Department has approved a possible sale of MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes (LWT) and AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air-launched anti-ship missiles to India.

The sales are being executed through the U.S. Foreign Military Sale (FMS) program. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which oversees FMS sales, delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 13.

The weapons are to be integrated onto the Indian Navy’s P-8I Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. The Navy currently operates eight P-8I aircraft which were ordered from Boeing on Jan. 1, 2009 under a $2.1 billion contract becoming the first international customer for the P-8.

Four additional P-8Is were ordered by India in July 2016 for around $1 billion. The first of the four aircraft was rolled out of the assembly line at Boeing’s facility in Renton, Washington in October last year and is scheduled for delivery next month.

India is also seeking to acquire ten additional P-8Is, worth around Rs. 22,500 crores ($3.2 billion), in addition to the eight it operates and the four on order.

Indian Navy P-8I Poseidon
An Indian Navy P-8I Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

MK 54 Lightweight Torpedo Sales Package

The estimated cost of 16 MK 54 All Up Round LWT; and three MK 54 Exercise Torpedoes (MK 54 LWT Kit procurement required) with related equipment being procured by India is around $63 million.

Also included in the deal for torpedoes are MK 54 spare parts; torpedo containers; two (2) Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORP) with containers; Fleet Exercise Section (FES) and fuel tanks built into MK 54 LWT Kits (above); air-launch accessories for fixed-wing; spare parts; training, publications; support and test equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics support.

The principal contractor will be Raytheon Integrated Defense System, Portsmouth, Rhode Island.



The MK 54 Lightweight Torpedo will provide the capability to conduct anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions. India intends to utilize MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes on the Indian Navy P-8I Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft as an enhanced capability “as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense”.

Boeing P-8 Poseidon
U.S. Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) dropping torpedo.

Harpoon Missiles Sales Package:

The estimated cost of 10 AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air-launched anti-ship missiles and related equipment being procured by India is around $92 million.

Also included in the deal for Harpoon missiles are containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, Specialized Assignment Airlift Missions (SAAM), U.S. Government and contractor representatives technical assistance, engineering, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated program cost is $92 million.

The principal contractor will be The Boeing Company, St. Louis, Missouri.



The Harpoon missile system will also be integrated into the Indian Navy P-8I Poseidon aircraft to conduct anti-surface warfare (ASuW) missions “in defense of critical sea lanes while enhancing interoperability with the United States and other allied forces”.

P-8A Poseidon Dropping Three Harpoon Missiles
A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft dropping three Harpoon anti-ship missiles.




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