U.S. Congress authorized to sale India 512 cluster bombs
The U.S. Congress approved the Ministry of Defence to sale India 512 cluster bombs CBU-105, designed to destroy enemy armored vehicles and air defense facilities.
According to Frontier India.
On Dec 8, Textron Systems Corp was awarded a $257,737,338 contract which will provide for 512 sensor-fuzed weapons (Cluster Bomb Unit) CBU-105 production units and 44 training units. This contract supports foreign military sales to India. At this time, $126,291,295 has been obligated. AAC/EBJK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
CBU-105 is the Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser guidance tail kit version of CBU-97. CBU-97 is a Sensor Fuzed 1,000 pound class (450 Kg’s) non-guided CBU.
In October, the Pentagon had notified the US Congress of its offer to sell CBU-105 to India. As per US, it will help the Indian Air Force to develop and enhance standardisation and operational ability with the US AF. As per the congress notification, Pentagon’s Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) mentioned “(India) has requested a possible sale of 510 CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapons, 19 CBU-105 Integration test assets (12 live tails, seven inert tails) and five CBU-97 Integration test assets as well as associated equipment and services”.
The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $375 million.