Us India Logistics Agreement
The military agreement was signed during the third round of the 2-2 ministerial dialogue and paves the way for a comprehensive and close partnership between India and the United States. By concluding military logistics agreements with the United States, France, Singapore and South Korea, India has managed to steer a fair trajectory in an unshakeated geostrategic environment, and is eager to sign a similar agreement with Russia shortly. The aim was to strengthen cooperation in the areas of maritime security, joint exercise, HADR and marine interoperability. Although Indian warships can still extend their range using their fleet vessels, the availability of logistical support facilities with other countries will further enhance the Indian navy`s ability to maintain an adequate “presence” for a long time in its areas of interest throughout the Indo-Pacific area. One of the great benefactors of this agreement is the navy, because it needs to be reloaded more often than the air force and the army. “For years, there has been a huge misinformation in the Indian press about these agreements,” said Schwartz, who now works at the U.S.-India Business Council, which promotes trade relations between the two countries. Since India had not signed the agreement before, the Indian army had purchased U.S. platforms without U.S. communications equipment, such as the C-130 Hercules special aircraft and the Globemaster C-17`s strategic relievers. The United States and India on Monday signed an agreement on the use of the other country`s land, air and naval bases for repaired water supplies, a step toward establishing defense relations to counter China`s growing maritime strength.
The Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) is an agreement between the U.S. Department of Defense`s National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and the Indian Department of Defense. For example, since LEMOA signed with the United States in 2016, Indian warships stationed near the Gulf of Aden near the Gulf of Aden, Indian warships have been stocking up on U.S. Navy tankers in the region and have the same flexibility to refuel U.S. Navy ships around the world or, if necessary, to arrive at ports under their control. The versatility and scope of this arrangement have recently been highlighted as INS Kiltan, an Indian Navy anti-submarine warfare army, carried out with the U.S. Navy merchant ship Richard E. Byrd, a Clark-class dry cargo and ammunition ship, in the South China Sea after the signing of the logistics agreement with France in 2018, Indian warships and military aircraft may use the French base of Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa, or the French territory of the Reunion Islands in India. Ocean for a quick “tour” of its assets.3 A logistical agreement with Russia would allow the Indian navy access to Arctic seaports that, due to global warming, are likely to be ice-free for long periods in the future. In addition to extending the range of Indian warships, these agreements provide additional operational flexibility for Indian navy long-haul aircraft.
The Indian Navy has in inventory the ultra-powerful Boeing P8I it acquired in 2013. The aircraft has a multitude of advanced weapons and sensors capable of attacking both surface and clandestine targets. With a range of 1200 nm (with four hours on the station) and a speed of 789 km/h, India`s maritime aircraft forms the “first line of defence” (4). The ARLS with Russia is expected to be signed at the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin in September on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia.