State Dept. approves sale of VIP aircraft missile defense systems to India

February 8, 2019


Feb. 7 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of two large aircraft self-protection suites for aircraft used to transport the prime minister and president of India.

The U.S. Defense’s Security Cooperation Agency notified the Congress on Wednesday that it has approved the sale of two systems — large aircraft infrared countermeasures, or LAIRCAM, and Self-Protection Suites, or SPS — at an estimated cost is $190 million.

The systems will be installed on two Boeing-777 aircraft to be purchased from the national air carrier Air India, according to DSCA.

The India Economic Times reported India’s government recently requested the LAIRCAM SPS, given the high-level threat to the prime minister and the president. The systems will put the Indian planes on par with Air Force One.

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