India To Sign BECA Geospatial Deal With US Today
The BECA between India and US will enable both the countries to exchange sensitive data and information and give India access to the American satellite
India will sign the Basic Exchange Cooperation Agreement (BECA) with the United States in Delhi today. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper arrived in the capital yesterday to engage with India in the 2+2 Dialogue. Union Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will represent India in the talks.
The agreement is a step towards enabling both the countries to share geospatial information on maps and satellites for strengthening defence capabilities. India will get access to the American satellite network and a high-tech GPS navigation system, that will help in increasing the precision of cruise and ballistic missiles.
This crucial defence treaty comes after the the two countries already having signed the General Security of Military Information Agreement (2002), Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (2016), Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (2018).
With BECA, both the nations will access each other’s nautical and aeronautical charts. Classified and sensitive data will also be shared through highly secure channels.
Singh and Jaishankar met with the US dignitaries on Monday on the latter’s arrival to India, where defence cooperation was pledged by both the parties. Further, the eastern Ladakh tensions were also presented to the US ambassadors. America also expressed its excitement to participate in the upcoming Indian Malabar Mission, an annual navy drill where Japan and Australia will also be participating.
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