The signing of COMCASA paved the way for the transfer of communications security equipment from the United States to India in order to facilitate « interoperability » between their armed forces – and possibly with other military personnel using systems from the United States for secure connections. India and the United States on Tuesday (October 27th) signed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), which complements a troika of « fundamental pacts » for deep military cooperation between the two countries, as well as the two previously signed agreements – the Logistics Memorandum of Understanding (LEMOA) and the Communication Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA). After more than a decade, India and the United States are ready to sign the latest fundamental agreement, the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial Cooperation (BECA). • These agreements cover areas such as security and military information, compatibility, and the exchange and communication of security and logistics. BECA aims to improve cooperation between India and the UNITED States within the country. These concerns were raised after several roundtables between New Delhi and Washington DC. Relations between the two countries – which are at an all-time high – would also have helped the two countries reach the agreement. Esper said: « The defense relationship between our two nations remains an important pillar of our entire bilateral relationship. On the basis of our common values and interests, we are united with each other for a free and open Indo pacifif for all, especially in the face of China`s growing aggression and destabilizing activities. 6.
The four defence agreements signed with the United States were concluded under the BJP regime. The first was in 2002, when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was Prime Minister. The other three, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As has already been said, it marks above all the strengthening of mutual trust and the commitment to a long-term strategic relationship. With these important defense pacts, cooperation between the United States and India can be more structured and effective than in episodic epidemics. But due to China`s clear and current danger, New Delhi`s strategic embrace is the obvious result. The Indian defense establishment has already deployed at least five U.S. platforms to the LAC – C-17 Globemaster III for military transport, Boeing Chinook CH-47 as a heavy helicopter, Boeings Apache as a tank killer, P-8I Poseidon for reconnaissance inside the country and Lockheed Martin`s C-130J for the airlift forces. The announcement was made following a meeting between union defense minister Rajnath Singh and his U.S. counterpart Mark Esper, who is visiting India with U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo for the India-U.S. 2+2 dialogue.
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