By Lalit K Jha :
THE US has approved the sale of an Integrated Air Defence Weapon System to India for an estimated cost of USD 1.9 billion to modernise its Armed Forces and to expand its existing air defence architecture to counter threats posed by air attacks. The Trump Administration has notified to the US Congress of its determination to sell India the Integrated Air Defence Weapon System (IADWS), the Defence Security Cooperation Agency said.
The entire system is estimated to cost USD 1.867 billion, the State Department has told the Congress in a notification. “India intends to use these defence articles and services to modernise its Armed Forces, and to expand its existing air defence architecture to counter threats posed by air attack,” the State Department said. The proposed sale comes amidst the massive military modernisation by China which is also flexing it’s military muscles in the strategic Indo-Pacific region. It also comes ahead of a possible visit by President Donald Trump to India later this month.
Trump is set to visit India on a two-day trip between February 23 and 26 and both sides are in the process of fine-tuning his schedule, according to sources in New Delhi. India and the US are set to seal a trade deal during Trump’s planned visit, they said.
The proposed sale IADWS will contribute to India’s military goal to update its capability while further enhancing greater interoperability between India, the US, and other allies, the State Department added. According to the notification, India had requested to the US to buy an IADWS. The request was for five AN/MPQ-64Fl Sentinel radar systems; one hundred eighteen AMRAAM AIM-120C-7/C-8 missiles; three AMRAAM Guidance Sections; four AMRAAM Control Sections; and one hundred thirty-four Stinger FIM-92L missiles.
IAF to protect Delhi against 9/11-type attacks
NEW DELHI :
WITH the approval of the sale of the Integrated Air Defence Weapon System (IADWS) from America, the national capital region has moved closer towards getting protected from a possible 9/11 type attacks including Cruise missiles, drones and fighter aircraft. The system is all set to replace the existing Russian systems which have been deployed for many years now for protecting the possible targets including VVIPs in New Delhi as part of Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) Delhi Area Defence project.
The approval by the Americans includes five AN/MPQ-64Fl Sentinel radar systems, Fire Distribution Centers (FDC), Electrical Optical/Infrared sensor systems, and Multi-spectral Targeting System-Model A (MTS-A). It also includes 118 AMRAAM AIM-120C-7/C-8 missiles, three AMRAAM Guidance Sections, four AMRAAM Control Sections, and 134 Stinger FIM-92L missiles, along with Dual Mount Stinger Air Defence Systems and Vehicle Mounted Stinger Rapid Ranger Air Defence Systems, canister launchers and high mobility launchers.
The American air defence system sale clearance has come at a time when the US has been raising objections over the sale of Russian S-400 air defence systems to the Indian side. Indian Air Force sources said an IAF team has visited the US to witness the functioning of the anti-missile system used by the Americans to guard their national capital region in Washington DC.