Recently, US Senators have sought amendments to the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) to give India the same status as the NATO affiliate.

main point

  • Amendments to US ‘Weapons Export Control Act’ (AECA) are essential for the same situation of NATO allies. After this amendment, India will be able to achieve US high technology related to immunity.
  • This amendment will play an important role in making India a major defense partner in the US.
  • India has already signed the COMCASA (Communications, Compatibility and Security Agreement) with the US and is involved in the discussion of signing the BECA (Basic Exchange Cooperation Agreement).
  • Talks between Indian Prime Minister and US President are also proposed during the G20 conference to be held in Osaka, Central Japan on 28-29 June. In such a way, this type of offer by U.S. senators becomes more important.
  • This proposal reflects Indian influence in American politics. But to pass the resolution, it will have to go through the Senate and Congress.
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  • It is an intergovernmental organization which was established in 1949, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, this organization covers all major countries of America and Europe, currently it has 29 state members.

Arms Export Control Act-AECA

This is the American Act which gives the US President control over the export of materials and services related to immunity.

COMCASA: Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement – COMCASA

Simplifies the transfer of encrypted / encrypted communications systems and is a major requirement for the US to share high-tech military equipment.

BECA: Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement

This facilitates exchange of geospatial information.

LEMOA: On the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement, India signed in 2016. This agreement makes it easier for the armies of the two countries to access each other’s military facilities but it does not make it automatic or compulsory.

GSOMIA: India on the General Security of Military Information Agreement signed in 2002. It allows armies to share intelligence gathered by them.

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