Basic Exchange And Cooperation Agreement For Geospatial Cooperation Upsc
December 4, 2020
The BECA agreement will provide military personnel from both nations with access to highly accurate geographic data, high-quality military technology and classified satellite data on defence issues. BECA will enable India to use U.S. expertise in geo-intelligence and improve the military accuracy of automated hardware systems and weapons such as cruises, ballistic missiles and drones. The data obtained under the agreement will be relevant to India`s northern and western borders, which will be essential given the current geopolitical situation. Beca is the latest of four basic defence agreements between the two countries, which allow for a much higher level of military cooperation in the areas of technology, interoperability and armament manufacturing. Topics covered: bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements in which India participates and/or harm India`s interests. Much like a GPS for navigation, such an exchange of geographical data improves the accuracy of a rocket or the usefulness of a drone. India and the United States have already signed three important basic agreements: the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) in 2002, the Logistics Exchange Agreement (LEMOA) in 2016 and the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) in 2018. These included areas of security and military information, compatibility, security and logistics exchanges, and communications. The United States looks forward to India`s signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement on Geographical Cooperation (BECA) at the next India-U.S.
2-2 Ministerial Dialogue, which is scheduled for October 2020. The Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) for Geographic Cooperation is essentially a proposed communication agreement between the U.S. Department of Defense`s National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and the Indian Government Department of Defense. Under the BECA agreement, U.S. forces will provide advanced navigational and avionics assistance and share geographic data with India, which will help increase the accuracy of the Indian military`s automated hardware systems and weapons, such as drones, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles. In the next ministerial dialogue of the 2-2 ministerial dialogue, India and the United States will sign the last basic agreement, the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geographical Cooperation (BECA). The exchange of geographic data with the United States via BECA will increase the Indian military`s accuracy with respect to automated hardware systems and weapons such as cruise missiles, ballistic missiles and drones. In addition, this is an important step for India when it comes to acquiring armed drones like MQ-9B from the United States.
The signing of a number of defence agreements will enable India and the United States to act together and position themselves in a better position to shape the regional and global environment.