COMCASA: 1st secure link between India, US navies set up


India and the US have structured the first reliable communication link between the Indian Navy & US Central as well as Pacific Naval Commands under the COMCASA pact at New Delhi,India. The Indo-US military-information sharing pact, COMCASA was signed at the 2+2 bilateral summit on 6th September, 2018.

By implementing the path-breaking agreement, COMCASA the US has initiated the Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module GPS System in some of C-130 and C-17 transport aircraft.US has given assurance of not disclosing India’s data with another country and without prior permission US couldn’t access it.

i. India will gain access to the US Naval intelligence other than just regulating joint operations in the future.
ii. It will further aid the militaries to work in a conducive and ‘interoperable’ environment, without which previously India had to rely on less secure systems.
iii. Pact will Help in building an “interoperable” enviroment for militaries of both nations

COMCASA is one of the three foundational defence pacts required to be signed by a country willing to acquire high-tech military hardware from the US. The other 2 pacts are- a) LEMOA (Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement), b) BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement).