Billion dollar naval gun deal approved by US, to boost Indian Navy power
New Delhi : A notification has been issued by the Trump government to the United States Congress mentioning its consent to sell naval guns for use against warships, anti-aircraft and shore bombardment worth a billion dollars to India. With this Indian Navy will be more equipped and powered to enhance their capabilities.
The proposed foreign military sale of up to 13 MK-45 5-inch/62 caliber (MOD 4) naval guns and related equipment is at an estimated cost of 1.0210 billion dollars, Defence Security Cooperation Agency said in its notification to the Congress on Tuesday.
To be manufactured by the BAE Systems Land and Armaments, the proposed sale will improve India's capability to tackle current and future threats from enemy weapon systems, the notification said.
"The MK-45 Gun System will provide the capability to conduct anti-surface warfare and anti-air defence missions while enhancing interoperability with the US and other allied forces," the notification said.
The notification also mentioned that this notice has been provided as per law and this does not mean that the sale has been concluded in any means.
But, with this India has listed itself in a few nations that the US decided to sell its latest version (Mod 4) of naval guns. Other than India, the guns are with Australia, Japan and South Korea.