BASIC EXCHANGE AND COOPERATION AGREEMENT (BECA)

 

India and the United States signed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA).

 BECA, along with the two agreements signed earlier — the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement
(LEMOA) and the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) — completes a troika of
“foundational pacts” for deep military cooperation between the two countries.

 BECA will help India get real-time access to American geospatial intelligence that will enhance the accuracy of
automated systems and weapons like missiles and armed drones.

 Through the sharing of information on maps and satellite images, it will help India access topographical and
aeronautical data, and advanced products that will aid in navigation and targeting.

 This could be key to Air Force-to-Air Force cooperation between India and the US. BECA will provide Indian
military systems with a high-quality GPS to navigate missiles with real-time intelligence to precisely target the
adversary.

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