• The Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) for space cooperation is primarily a proposed communication agreement between the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency of the US Department of Defense and the US Department of Defense. Under the BECA agreement, U.S. forces will provide advanced navigation and avionics services and share geographic data with India that will help improve the accuracy of the Indian Military`s hardware systems and automated weapons, such as drones, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles. U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper and Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo visited India on Oct. 26, less than a week before the U.S. presidential election. The duo met with their Indian counterparts, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar. The two countries signed a total of five agreements in the framework of the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue.
The Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) was the most notable of the bilateral agreements. These talks facilitated the exchange of information between the security, military and intelligence services of the two countries, including the exchange of high-end satellite imagery, wiretaps and data on Chinese troops and weapons operations along the LAC. . . .