The United States Department of State formally approved the sale of P-81 Patrol aircraft to India.
- Boeing P-8 Poseidon is a long range patrol aircraft.
- Poseidon was manufactured for Indian Navy.
- Poseidon is a variant of P-8A Poseidon. The Poseidon is operated by the US Navy.
- The P-8 Poseidon is capable of conducting maritime patrol, anti-submarine warfare, reconnaissance missions and surveillance.
India-USA Defence Deals
India and the United States of America have signed 5 major defence deals. They are as follows:
GSOMIA (General Security of Military Information Agreement) was signed in 2002. The agreement was signed to facilitate sharing military intelligence between India and the USA.
LEMOA (Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement) was signed in the year 2016. According to the agreement, the countries can use each other’s military bases mainly to carry out repairs and resupplies.
COMCASA (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement) Under the agreement, the countries share information during training exercise and operations.
BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement) was signed in the year 2020. According to the agreement, the countries can share geospatial information.
Out of all the defence agreements signed between the countries, this agreement is considered as the most important. The agreement is also called 123 Agreement. Under the agreement, India agreed to place all its civilian nuclear facilities under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards.
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