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Pentagon moves to sell Pakistan anti-ship missiles
The Pentagon notified congress on Friday of a proposed sale to Pakistan of 40 air-launched and 20 ground-launched Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles and related materials valued at up to $180 million.
Pakistan, a key ally in the U.S.-declared war on terrorism, plans to use the equipment to modernize its existing Harpoon missile capability, the announcement said.
The Pakistani Navy already has AGM-84 Block I air/surface/subsurface launch capability, it said.
"The modernization will enhance Pakistan's legitimate self-defense capability," the Pentagon told congress, which has 30 days to move to block any such government-to-government arms sale.
The sale would not affect the basic military balance in the region, the notice said.
"This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that continues to be a key ally in the global war on terrorism," it said.
The principal contractors are Chicago-based Boeing and Delex Systems, Inc., of Vienna, Virginia, the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in the mandatory notice.
On March 25, President George W. Bush authorized the sale of Lockheed Martin (LMT) F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan in a reversal of 15 years of U.S. policy aimed at curbing Pakistan's nuclear weapons program.
At the same time, the administration announced it would let U.S. firms supply India multi-role combat aircraft, including upgraded F-16s and F-18s, as well as Patriot missile defense systems.
The AGM-84 Harpoon Block II missile features satellite-guidance systems designed to attack targets in congested off-shore locations.
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