The George Bush Administration has notified the US Congress that it will sell
Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles and related equipment and services valued
at USD 370 million to Pakistan, seen as a “key ally” in the “war on terror” and
a “friendly nation.”
The Defense Security Co-Operative Agency said that this sale will have “no
adverse impact on US defense readiness” but “provide a significant upgrade” to
“existing systems” and improved “target acquisition.” It also claimed that it
will not affect the basic military balance in the region.
Pakistan had requested 50 UGM-84I, 50 RGM-84I, and 30 AGM-84I Harpoon Block II
missiles and associated command launch systems.