The US State Department has approved India’s potential purchase of the Integrated Air Defense Weapon System (IADWS) for an estimated cost of $1.867 billion.
According to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency, India has requested to buy an IADWS comprised of five Sentinel radar systems, 118 AMRAAM missiles and guidance and control sections, and 134 Stinger FIM-92L missiles.
Also included in the sale are 32 M4A1 rifles, canister and high mobility launchers, dual mount stinger air defense systems and other training and support items.
Principal contractors involved in the potential sale would be Raytheon Corporation and Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace.
An approval given by the US State Department for the purchase does not necessary mean a final agreement has been reached.
The purchase would bolster India’s air defense capabilities and modernize the country’s armed forces.