The Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial Cooperation (BECA), long in the making, has finally been signed by India and the US.
The agreement will enable India to gain access to extremely accurate geo-spatial data. This is going to have major implications for a range of military aspects, such as giving Indian missiles a killer edge. Here are some key things about the agreement that what it will bring about.
What is this all about?
BECA or Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial Cooperation is the last of the three basic pacts that America signs with close partners. The pact basically facilitates interoperability of forces and exchange of sensitive and classified information.
The other two pacts enable sharing of military logistics and secure communications. The geospatial information that will be shared under BECA include nautical and aeronautical charts.
Supplemented by highly accurate US satellites, this geospatial information can help in navigation and, more importantly, in targeting military assets.
The information shared
The information shared could be either digital or printed.