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US approves sale of two missile defence systems for Air India One

WASHINGTON: The US has agreed to sell two cutting-edge missile defence programs to Air India One for an estimated value of USD 190 million, a transfer that will toughen the security of planes flying the top minister and the president.

According to the Pentagon, the sale will enhance the international policy and nationwide safety of the US by means of serving to to beef up the US-Indian strategic courting.

The Trump administrations approved purchase of the 2 programs referred to as Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCAM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS) for an estimated value of USD 190 million, the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a notification to the Congress on Wednesday.

The US choice got here after the Indian Government lately made request for LAIRCAM SPS, given the high-level danger to the top minister and the president.

The defence programs, which might carry safety of Air India One at par with that of Air Force One, could be put in in two Boeing 777 Head-of- State aircraft, the Pentagon said.

The Indian Government plans to buy two Bowing 777 from the nationwide service Air India for this specific function and in contrast to in the past would now not be used for industrial purposes.

The function of the LAIRCM programme is to protect huge aircraft from man-portable missiles. Once put in, the LAIRCAM device increases crew-warning time, decreases false alarm charges and routinely counters complicated intermediate range missile programs, in line with the Federation of American Scientists.

The missile warning subsystem will use multiple sensors to provide full spatial protection.

The counter-measures subsystem will use lasers fastened in pointer-tracker turret assemblies. It additionally routinely counters complicated intermediate range missile programs and not using a action required by means of the staff.

The pilot will merely be informed that a danger missile was detected and jammed.

Observing that it's going to make stronger India's capacity to discourage regional threats, the Congressional notification said SPS will facilitate a extra tough capacity into spaces of increased missile threats.

"India will haven't any problem absorbing and the usage of the program, it said.

According to the notification, India had asked to buy two SPS consisting of AN/AAQ 24(V)N Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM), ALQ-211(V)8 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite (AIDEWS) and AN/ALE-47 Counter-Measures Dispensing System (CMDS) to protect two (2) Boeing-777 Head-of-State aircraft.

"This potential sale would come with twelve Guardian Laser Transmitter Assemblies AN/AAQ-24 (V)N (6 put in and 6 spares), eight (8) LAIRCM System Processor Replacements (LSPR) AN/AAQ-24 (V)N (2 put in and 6 spares); twenty-three (23) Missile Warning Sensors (MWS) for AN/AAQ-24 (V)N (12 put in and 11 spares), 5 (five) AN/ALE-47 Counter-Measures Dispensing System (CMDS) (2 put in and 3 spares)," the notification said.

Also integrated in this sale are Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites (AIDEWS), LAIRCM CIURs, SCAs, HCCs, and UDM cards, initial spares, consumables, repair and go back enhance and enhance apparatus.

The department additionally assured that the sale will not "adjust the elemental military balance within the area".

The US is the second-largest arms supplier to India. It has already recognised India as a "major defence spouse", a standing that which commits the US to facilitate technology sharing with India.

In 2018, the US granted India Strategic Trade Authorisation-1 (STA-1) status. India is the only South Asian nation to get STA1 status and 3rd Asian nation after Japan and South Korea. The status eases defence procurement from US. Last year both New Delhi and Washington signed COMCASA (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement)

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