MK-45 Guns Deal: Manifestation of Growing Indo-US Strategic Cooperation

On November 20, 2019, the Trump administration approved sale of up to 13 MK 45 naval guns and related equipment worth an estimated cost of $1.0210 billion to India. The sale of MK 45 naval guns has two implications: Firstly, acquisition of MK-45 guns will not only enhance India’s naval capabilities in Indian Ocean, but will also bolster its dominance in maritime operations against Pakistan and China. Secondly, the anticipated sale will support U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives by enhancing the naval capabilities of its strategic regional partner, India. Read More

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Miss Asma is a Senior Research officer at the Islamabad Policy Institute (IPI), Pakistan. Her research focuses on regional peace and security with special emphasis on non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament. She also contributes in national dailies and international blogs on issues of strategic significance. She has previously worked at Strategic Vision Institute (SVI), Senate of Pakistan, Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), and Institute for Strategic Studies, Research and Analysis (ISSRA, NDU). She can be reached at:


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