The US has approved India's request to provide services to a fleet of $ 900 million (more than Rs 663 crore) for military equipment and C-130 Super Hercules aircraft. The Defense Department's Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) said, "This proposed sale will not only help strengthen the US-India strategic relationship but will also support US foreign policy and national security." This will strengthen the security of a large defense partner.
In the sales notification issued to Parliament, DSCA said that India is going to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia region. The requests made by India include aircraft spare and repair accessories, advanced radar warning receiver chipset, 10 lightweight night vision binoculars, 10 N / AVS-9 night vision goggles, GPS, electronic warfare, etc. Its total estimated cost is $ 900 million.
The Pentagon has stated that the proposed sale will play an effective role in meeting the needs of the previously purchased aircraft for the Indian Air Force, Army and Navy's transportation, local and international humanitarian aid, and regional disaster relief. According to the Pentagon, this proposed sale would not alter the basic military balance in the region. Primarily it will provide equipment and services to Lockheed-Martin. In 2016, the US named India as a major defense partner.