The recently signed Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) between India and the U.S. symbolises the strengthened defence and security partnership between the two countries and the growing interoperability capabilities between the two militaries. Since the signing of the Framework for the U.S.-India Defense Relationship in 2005 (renewed in 2015), bilateral defence engagement has been thriving, characterised by high-level dialogues, joint exercises, defence trade and technology cooperation. American support has also ensured India’s entry in global technology export control regimes – Australia Group, the Wassenaar Arrangement and the Missile Technology Control Regime. Membership of these regimes has enabled India’s access to high technology in the civilian space and defence sectors. U.S. military equipment has added considerable value to India’s power projection capability.
The infographic below illustrates the extensive G2G and B2B engagement between India and the U.S., which undergirds the strategic partnership.
Sameer Patil is Fellow, International Security Studies Programme, Gateway House.
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 ‘Framework for the U.S.-India Defense Relations’, https://archive.defense.gov/pubs/2015-Defense-Framework.pdf