COMCASA ; Playing the Cards Right with US

What is the newly concluded defense deal between India and US is all about?


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The agreement had put both India and US at tipping point last week. Whether it will happen? Or not? Finally, Sigh James Mattis! the defence deal got finalized. COMCASA or in its full form, the Communications, Compatibility, Security Agreement, enables the Indian Defence to obtain and share critical defence technologies from the USA and other countries. This deal had been frozen in the pipeline for way too long now. Now that it has met its wings, it is a matter of joyous celebration for Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman.

The content of the deal is private for the confidentiality it cherishes. Its essence, albeit, is that it allows India to receive modern secure and internet-enabled weapons including air-to-air missiles, precision armament, navigation systems and space systems that are critical in order to operate unmanned aerial systems; fighter aircraft and the allied hi-tech technologies.

COMCASA, is one of the three foundational defence agreements with USA. The first is Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) and India had signed it in 2016 when Manohar Parrikar was the Defence Minister. It allows the access of both our militaries to access each other’s facilities for replenishment and refueling.

The third pact to be signed is Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-spatial Cooperation.

The main predicament of India that moved the treaty – signing so sluggishly was the apprehension of Russia’s response to this deal. Well, today, India is a Major Defence Partner of USA. A liberalization of the foreign policy is only playing the cards right, isn’t?


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