The BECA Pact
During the third round of 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue between India and the United States, both countries signed Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement on Geospatial Cooperation, or BECA, whereby the US has allowed India access to a range of sensitive geospatial and aeronautical data that is crucial for military action. Under the agreement, the United States will provide advanced navigational aids and avionics on US-supplied aircraft to India. It also means that the US can fit high-end navigational equipment in the aircraft it supplies to India. It is important to note here that BECA is among the few deals that the US signs with close partners. That two of America’s most senior officials—Secretary of Defence Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo—travelled in person to meet their counterparts during times of Covid, and a week before the US presidential vote, is an indication of just how important these talks were.
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