India is now set to get access to advanced satellite imagery, topographical and aeronautical digital data in real time from the US for further enhancing the accuracy of its missiles and armed drones as well as long-range navigation of military aircraft.
The signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geospatial Cooperation (BECA), just days ahead of a bitterly contested US election, reflects the Indian government’s close cooperation with the Trump administration as well as its confidence that the pact will enjoy bi-partisan support in America.
The access to high quality geospatial data will become possible after India and US ink their fourth and final foundational military pact BECA during the “two-plus-two” dialogue on Tuesday. The two are also set to sign the Maritime Information Sharing Technical Arrangement (MISTA) to enhance cooperation between their navies.
The inking of BECA for exchange of highly-classified geospatial intelligence, without the risk of it being compromised, was officially announced after defence minister Rajnath Singh conducted a delegation-level meeting with his US counterpart Mark Esper on Monday afternoon.
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