India and the US signed the historic Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) which is so called foundational agreements for the sensitive sharing of information and sales of advanced military hardware during the ministerial dialogue today.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Our economies have suffered losses. We’re trying to revive industries and services sectors. Our partnership becomes more important in view of the current challenges we’re facing. We both believe in rule-based order and democracy.”
Defence Minister of India added, “We are happy that we’ve completed BECA, which will open new avenues in the information sharing. We are eager to discuss further issues with US.”
Today is a great opportunity for two great democracies to grow closer. We've a lot to discuss today-to cooperate amid pandemic, to confront Chinese Communist party's threats to security & freedom, to promote peace & stability in the region: U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo https://t.co/x1Z6OCAosA pic.twitter.com/oV2yFrnv6R
— ANI (@ANI) October 27, 2020
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said that this agreement is a great opportunity for two democracies to come closer. “We’ve got a lot to discuss today-to cooperate amid pandemic, to confront the Chinese Communist party’s threats to security and freedom, to promote peace and stability in the region,” he added.
What BECA Will Give India?
Two countries have signed over General Security of Military Information Agreement (2002), Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (2016), Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (2018) to exchange military logistics and enable secure communications.
India to get access to advanced satellite imagery, topographical and aeronautical digital data in real time from the US. These technology from US will be delivered to India for further enhancing the accuracy of its missiles and armed drones as well as long-range navigation of military aircraft.
India-US to sign Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geospatial Cooperation (BECA) ahead of US elections. This pact shows the closeness of Trump’s administration with Indian government with the assurance that pact will enjoy bi-partisan support in America.
After their fourth and final foundational military pact BECA during the “two-plus-two” dialogue with India-US link on Tuesday will get access to high quality geospatial data. In order to enhance cooperation between their navies, India-US to sign Maritime Information Sharing Technical Arrangement (MISTA).
BECA for exchange of highly-classified geospatial intelligence, has officially been announced after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh conducted a delegation-level meeting with his US counterpart Mark Esper.