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US Naval Guns to Indian War Warships to modernise… make them combat ready this year

Military ties between Indian and American defence forces are growing further in the middle of a conflict with China, as the US Navy has agreed to provide three 127mm medium calibre guns from its own inventory to urgently equip warships of the Indian Navy as part of a Rs 3,800 crore deal.

This is in response to India’s letter of request to the US government for acquiring eleven (11) 127mm medium caliber guns which are to be equipped on the large-size warships of the Indian Navy, including the Visakhapatnam-class destroyers.

As per the new plan, the LoR issued to the American administration said the first three guns to be provided to the Indian Navy would be from the American Navy inventory so that the Indian warships are fully equipped at the earliest, government sources told ANI.

Once the production of the new guns starts in America and they are ready to be delivered, the American Navy guns on Indian warships would be replaced with fresh ones.

The medium calibre guns would be a new entry into the Indian Navy and would be an upgrade on the existing weapons of a similar class in the maritime force.

The Indian Navy has developed a close working relationship with its American counterpart as a majority of its new acquisitions are coming from the US.

The Russian equipment in the force, including the surveillance planes, have been replaced by the P-8I aircraft. The multirole helicopters are also coming from the US as the SeaKing choppers would be replaced by the MH-60 Romeos.

The American Predator drones have also been leased by the Navy from the American firm General Atomics and more such unmanned systems are expected to come as part of a tri-service deal between the two sides.

India and America are also discussing the possibility of the sale of F/A 18 fighter planes which were offered by the American government during the recent two plus two meetings between the two countries.


The Trump Administration has notified to the United States Congress its determination to sell $1 billion worth of naval guns to India for use against enemy warships, anti-aircraft and shore bombardment, in a move that would enhance the lethal capabilities of the Indian Navy.

The proposed foreign military sale of up to 13 MK-45 5inch/62 caliber (MOD 4) naval guns and related equipment is at an estimated cost of $1.0210 billion, Defense 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 meet 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 US and other allied forces,” it said.

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Navneet Bakshi
Navneet Bakshi(@bakshink)
10 months ago

Let’s see what changes occur in the defense deals and partnership with US after Biden assumes office. I am sure there will be some changes in the policy, because Biden is known to have friendlier approach for China and Pakistan but as far as the sales of the arms is concerned there may not be any revisiting of the plans because selling arms is on top of all US policies no matter who is in office.

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