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Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial cooperation (BECA)

Topics Covered: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.

Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial cooperation (BECA):


Context:

India and the U.S. will sign the last foundational agreement, Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial cooperation (BECA) during the upcoming 2+2 ministerial dialogue.

What is BECA?

This agreement would facilitate exchange of geospatial information between India and United States for both military and civilian use.

Significance and benefits for India from BECA:

BECA will allow India to use US expertise on geospatial intelligence and to enhance military accuracy of automated hardware systems and weapons like cruise, ballistic missiles and drones.

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Prelims Link:

  1. What are foundational agreements?
  2. About BECA.
  3. Agreements signed by India and the US.
  4. What is 2+2 Dialogue?
  5. Countries having 2+2 dialogue mechanism with India.

Sources: the Hindu.