Indo-US Military Agreements

The most famous agreement signed between India and USA is called India-USA civil nuclear agreement also famously known as 123 Agreement. Under this agreement, India agreed to separate its civil and nuclear facilities and to place all its civilian nuclear facilities under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards and in exchange, the USA agreed for complete civil nuclear cooperation with India.

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Which are the 3 Military Agreements Signed Between India and USA?

The USA has signed 3 important military agreements with India. These agreements are usually signed by the USA with its defence allies for smoother military cooperation. The list of agreements is given below.

  1. General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) – It was signed in 2002, to facilitate sharing military intelligence between India and the USA.
  2. Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) – It was signed in 2016, as per this agreement. India and USA can use each other’s military bases to carry out repairs and for resupplying.
  3. Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) – This agreement is to share and secure communications exchange between 2 nations during training exercises and operations.

Has the USA and India Signed BECA agreement?

Yes, the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) was signed between the governments of India and the United States on October 27, 2020. The agreement is about the exchange of geospatial information between the two nations, enhancing the operational efficiency of US platforms currently operated by India. This agreement comes in the backdrop of deteriorating US-China relations and the recent India-China border clash in the Galwan Valley.

Which are the Military Exercises carried out by India and the US?

Different military exercises carried out by India and the USA are given below.

  1. Yudh Abhyas – This military exercise started in the year 2002.
  2. Vajra Prahar – This military exercise is carried out between Special Forces of India and USA
  3. Tiger Triumph – This is a major military exercise carried out with the US, involving all 3 Indian Tri-Services i.e India Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.

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