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Basic Exchange And Cooperation Agreement (BECA) signed between India and USA

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  • October 29, 2020
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Basic Exchange And Cooperation Agreement (BECA) signed between India and USA

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – International Relations

In news

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

Key takeaways

  • BECA, the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) and the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) which were signed earlier form foundational pacts for deep military cooperation between the two countries.
  • BECA will help India get real-time access to American geospatial intelligence. 
  • The access will enhance the accuracy of automated systems and weapons like missiles and armed drones.
  • The sharing of information on maps and satellite images will help India access topographical and aeronautical data, and advanced products that will aid in navigation and targeting.
  • This could also be key to Air Force-to-Air Force cooperation between India and the US.

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