The recent years have proved that much more could be achieved by the power of effective and smart diplomacy. Earlier, India was “used and used and used” and finally dumped by the global superpowers. But now we have succeeded in demanding what the nation needs.
In a big victory, India has signed a bilateral military pact called COMCASA with the US and this is called a game changer as the US will now allow India to access cutting-edge military technologies and platforms with encrypted and secure communications and data links like the armed Predator-B or weaponised Sea Guardian drones.
The reports said “The Communications, Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA), which comes into force with immediate effect for 10 years, will also ensure the two militaries can further boost their “interoperability” as well as share operational intelligence in real-time in the years ahead”.
It is a known fact after the Doklam defeat against India, the Chinese might attempt to hit back at India anytime soon. So patrolling the Indo-China borders with the use of sophisticated devices is the need of the hour. That’s when this deal of India with the US comes into play.
Describing about the specialties of the military pact called COMCASA, a reliable source said “If a US warship or aircraft detects a Chinese submarine in the Indian Ocean, for instance, it can tell us through COMCASA-protected equipment in real-time, and vice-versa”.
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- The weaponised Sea Guardian, a high-altitude, long-endurance drone, has COMCASA-protected equipment like an advanced Global Positioning System (GPS), Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) receiver and VHF system, which is immune to jamming and spoofing from enemies.
The officials said that COMCASA, will fully safeguard our national security and interests, with no disruptions. Now you might ask what if the US spies on India. But for this an official said “COMCASA is a legal technology enabler that will facilitate our access to advanced defence systems and enable us to optimally utilize our existing US-origin platforms like C-130J Super Hercules and P-8I Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. It does not commit us to buy any equipment from US. But when and if we do so, COMCASA will apply”.
“The US basically wants its militarily-sensitive equipment should not leak to third countries like Russia and there are no attempts to reverse-engineer them (like China often does). India also wants classified data exchanged with the US is not shared with others without its prior consent” the official added.
Not just India but even the United States of America was eager to ink the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) deal. Thus this will make passage for the sales of more sensitive U.S. military equipment to India.
Even though the global superpowers are with India, there is hardly any chances for war between India and China or Pakistan. Yet, India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi hasn’t stopped empowering the armed forces and this is a need of the hour.
Source:Times Of India