The US State Department has cleared a possible sale of an Integrated Air Defense Weapon System (IADWS) to the Government of India for about $1.867bn.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the possible foreign military sale.

Under the deal, India will acquire an IADWS comprised of five AN/MPQ-64Fl Sentinel radar systems, 118 AMRAAM AIM-120C-7/C-8 missiles, three AMRAAM Guidance Sections, four AMRAAM Control Sections, and 134 Stinger FIM-92L missiles.

The sale also includes 32 M4A1 rifles, 40,320 M855 5.56mm cartridges, Fire Distribution Centers (FDC), handheld remote terminals, electrical optical / infrared (EO/IR) sensor systems, as well as AMRAAM Non-Developmental Item-Airborne Instrumentation Units (NDI­AIU).

India will also acquire prime movers, generators, technical documentation, computer based training equipment, training towers, ammunition storage, training and maintenance facilities, and infrastructure improvements.

The deal also covers US Government and contractor technical support, provision of engineering and logistics support services, warranty services, systems and integration checkout (SICO), field office support and other related elements pertaining to logistics and programme support.

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The proposed sale is expected to strengthen the US-Indian strategic relationship and support the foreign policy and national security of the US.

By using these defence articles and services, India will be able to modernise its armed forces and expand its existing air defence architecture to counter threats posed by air attack.

Raytheon and Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace are the principal contractors involved in this programme.

Last October, the US Government approved a potential sale of 150 Javelin missiles and related equipment to Ukraine.