The new bilateral agreement would have access to better cooperation between India and the US between air weapons. The facility will allow combat aircraft to achieve their objectives efficiently and effectively. In short, BECA will launch Indian military systems with high-end GPS to navigate missiles with real-time information to precisely address the adversary. In addition to ship navigation, aircraft flight, warfare and target location, space information is also essential to respond to natural disasters. The BECA agreement has been under negotiation between India and the US for more than a decade, with the previous UPA government concerned about its impact on India`s national security, given that the bilateral agreement also provides for India to share similar data with the US. The agreement is one of the few fundamental agreements that the United States concludes with its close partners. LEMOA has great advantages for both India and the United States, especially in the case of naval cooperation. The strategic agreement allows partners to mutually suspend their military and strategic assets, such as warships and other entities, so that they require mutual trust. It took nearly a decade to negotiate LEMOA, and the exercise somehow closed the trust gap between India and the US and paved the way for the other two pacts. This article is based on “The Delhi-DC strategic dance”, published in the Hindustan Times on 27.10.2020. He talks about the impact of the signing of the Agreement between India and the United States on the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geospatial Intelligence (BECA). Under the BECA agreement, U.S.
forces will provide advanced navigation and avionics services and share geographic data with India that will help improve the accuracy of the Indian Military`s hardware systems and automated weapons, such as drones, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles. The signing of BECA will enable India and the United States to act together and be in a better position to shape the regional and global environment for peace and stability. However, the two countries should not glorify this signing, because these agreements are not an end in themselves, but a means to achieve a greater end – the security and prosperity of their citizens. Readers might wonder what IS BECA? Here is some information about this important agreement. BECA will enable partners to exchange high-end military technologies, classified satellite data and critical information. It will help India gain real-time access to U.S. geographic data, which will improve the accuracy of automated systems and weapons, such as missiles and armed drones. The exchange of information on maps and satellite imagery will enable India to access topographic and aeronautical data as well as advanced products that assist in navigation and targeting.
BECA is the third of the agreements, India has already signed the Memorandum of Understanding Logistics for Exchange (LEMOA) and the Cooperation and Security Agreement (COMCASA). Both sides are confident that the agreement could be signed by the end of the year. In fact, both sides are working to sign the deal with the Trump administration ahead of the US presidential election in November.