India Gets Billion Dollar Sophisticated Naval Guns From The US
US President Trump notified the Congress about sale of latest version (Mod 4) of naval guns to India. But the proposed sale of armaments won’t disturb the delicate military balance in the region. If the Congress permits, India would become one of the few countries to have these guns.
What is the size of proposed arms deal?
Total cost of the deal is $1.0210 billion and it includes 13 MK-45 5-inch/62 caliber (MOD 4) naval guns and related equipment. Manufactured by the BAE Systems and Land and Armaments, these guns are used against warships, anti-aircraft and shore bombardment.
What is the advantage of these guns for India?
According to the Defence Security Cooperation Agency the MK-45 Gun System will boost India’s power to conduct anti-surface warfare and anti-air defence missions. Also, it will provide interoperability with the US and other allied forces. But India would use the newly achieved power to handle the present and future threats from enemy weapon systems.
What is MK-45 Gun System?
It is the latest gun system developed by the US and there are only a few countries that possess these arms. The US has provided these naval guns to Australia, Japan and South Korea. India would be the fourth country to have these advance naval guns. Thailand is also given this gun but it is an upgraded MOD 4 version. The US is also willing to sell these guns to Britain, Canada and other allies.
The Trump administration has notified the US Congress about the proposed arms deal with India and it will proceed only after getting Congress’ approval.