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Procurement: America Gives India What It Wants

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发表于 7-6-2014 08:43:16 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
Strategy Page, July 6, 2014.
strategypage.com/htmw/htproc/articles/20140706.aspx

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(a) On July 3, 2014 it was reported that Pentagon planned to notify Congress sale to India of 22 Boeing submarine-launched harpoons worth $200 million, including "a dozen Block II missiles, which can hit ships as well as land-based targets [the remaining were anti-ship only], according to Boeing. India has used Harpoon missiles for its Jaguar fighter aircraft and P-8I maritime patrol aircraft." Wall Street Journal. The same WSJ report stated,

"India in recent years has become the world's largest arms importer. The country imported $1.9 billion in US military hardware last year, making India the largest export market for US arms makers, according to consulting firm IHS Jane's. Buying more military hardware from the US indicates India's attempt to move away from its decadeslong reliance on Russia. Russia supplied 75% of the military supplies imported by India between 2009 and last year, while the US supplied 7%, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

"Boeing said it has sold more than 7,300 [AGM-84] Harpoon and Harpoon Block II missiles to the US Navy and more than 30 countries since 1971.

(b) Taiwan's jet fighters have been equipped with harpoon missiles. (Taiwan declined ship-based harpoon missiles, insisting its own Hsiung Feng 雄風 missiles are better.)  In 2008 Pentagon notified Congress sale to Taiwan of "32 UGM-84L Sub-Launched Harpoon Block II missiles and 2 UTM-84L Harpoon Block II Exercise missiles for $195.46 million." In the last week of 2013, Taiwan announced the first delivery of such missiles. See also
1962 United States Tri-Service missile and drone designation system
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missile_designation
(U= underwater; T = training)
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