The United States has agreed to sell state of the art missile defence system for Air India One. This Boeing 747 airplane is used by India’s Prime Minister and President. It’s much like the United States Air Force One used by President Trump.
This will enhance the security of planes flying the Prime Minister and President.
Trump administration approved the purchase for two systems, the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCAM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS) at a cost of US$ 190 million.
The US approved the request for India, after high level threat to Indian President and Prime Minister.
The Pentagon reported that, “The defence systems, which would bring security of Air India One at par with that of Air Force One, would be installed in two Boeing 777 Head-of- State aircraft.”
The Government of India have plans to purchase two Boeing 777 from national carrier Air India for this specific purpose. Also once the system is installed these Boeing 777s would not be used for commercial purposes unlike now.
The United States is India’s second largest arms supplier, this purchase would strengthen the relations between India and the States. This was only also made possible because US recognised India as a major partner.