August 16, 2022

During the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Minister Mark Esper to India, there are chances of several defense agreements between the two countries. There is also an agreement in this list under which India will be able to access accurate data and topographic images on a real time basis from US military satellites.

This data sharing agreement, the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), is the third and final “foundation” with close international partners in the US. The two countries have already signed agreements to exchange military logistics and enable secure communication.

In a statement issued on Monday, the government said that Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mr. Asper expressed satisfaction that the BECA would be signed during the visit as well as the close engagement between the armed forces of the two countries.

and also discussed secure communication systems and potential new areas of information sharing and cooperation. Rajnath Singh said that the talks will add “renewed vigor” to Indo-US defense relations and cooperation. Asper also welcomed Australia’s participation in next month’s Malabar exercise, a series of annual exercises that began in 1992 to strengthen cooperation between Indian and US naval forces.

India will conduct a high-level Malabar naval exercise next month along with the US, Japan and Australia. Australia is returning to these exercises for the first time since 2007 when its participation criticized China. Last week, the US said that it was closely watching the India-China deadlock in Ladakh and sharing information with Delhi. The US said that it wanted to ensure that the situation did not proceed.