Current Affair Diary 29/10/2020

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.



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