WASHINGTON – The State Department has approved a Foreign Military Sale to India of an Integrated Air Defense Weapon System (IADWS) known as NASAMS II and Avenger ADS for an estimated cost of $1.867 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on February 7, 2020.
Jointly developed and built by American Raytheon and Norwegian Kongsberg NASAMS II is an advanced network-centric point defense system with 100-percent interception rate using AIM-120 ER AMRAAM. NASAMS II can be integrated with American-made air defense radar and missile defense systems like THAAD and MIM-104 Patriot missile defense systems.
The NASAMS II approval included Fire Distribution Centers (FDC); Handheld Remote Terminals; Electrical Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) Sensor Systems; AMRAAM Non-Developmental Item-Airborne Instrumentation Units (NDIAIU); Multi-spectral Targeting System-Model A (MTS-A); Canister Launchers (CN); High Mobility Launchers (HML), prime movers, generators and infrastructure improvements.
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The Government of India will receive an Integrated Air Defense Weapon System (IADWS) comprised of five (5) AN/MPQ-64Fl Sentinel radar systems, one hundred eighteen (118) AMRAAM AIM-120C-7/C-8 missiles, three (3) AMRAAM Guidance Sections, four (4) AMRAAM Control Sections and one hundred thirty-four (134) Stinger FIM-92L missiles.
The Avenger ADS approval included Dual Mount Stinger (DMS) Air Defense Systems; Vehicle Mounted Stinger Rapid Ranger Air Defense Systems; communications equipment; tool kits; test equipment; range and test programs; support equipment; technical documentation; computer based training equipment; training equipment; training towers; ammunition storage; training and maintenance facilities.
India will also receive thirty-two (32) M4A1 rifles and forty thousand three hundred twenty (40,320) M855 5.56mm cartridges as part of the foreign military sale.
The Raytheon and Kongsberg contractors will provide technical support, engineering and logistics support services; warranty services; Systems and Integration Checkout (SICO); field office support; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated cost is $1.867 billion.
This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-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.
India intends to secure the capital city New Delhi using NASAMS II IADWS and AN/TWQ-1 Avenger ADS.
India intends to use these defense articles and services to modernize its armed forces, and to expand its existing air defense architecture to counter threats posed by air attack. This will contribute to India’s military goal to update its capability while further enhancing greater interoperability between India, the U.S., and other allies. India will have no difficulty absorbing these systems into its armed forces.
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