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