Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geospatial Intelligence (BECA).
✓Recently, the Indo-United States (US) 2+2 talkswere conducted. The most striking outcome from these talks was the formal signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geospatial Intelligence (BECA).
✓BECA is the last of four foundational defence agreements between the two countries that allow a much higher level of military cooperation in technology, interoperability, and defence manufacturing.
✓The signing of the BECA marks the end of the prolonged phase of mutual trust-building and sets the stage for more expansive security cooperation.
✓The Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement largely pertains to geospatial intelligence, and sharing information on maps and satellite images for defence.
✓BECA will provide Indian military systems with a high-quality GPS to navigate and missiles with real-time intelligence to precisely target the adversary.
✓It will give access to topographical and aeronautical data and products that will aid navigation and targeting.
*Other Foundational Agreements
✓The General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA)
It aims to protect the military information shared by the US.
✓The Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA)
It aims to provide mutual logistics support around the world.
✓The Communication Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA)
It aims to facilitate communication between the weapons platforms of the two armed forces.