The U.S. and India signed a critical defense information sharing agreement Wednesday that will allow each country greater access to each others’ communications networks, but could not come to an agreement on India’s planned purchase of Russia’s S-400 air defense system.

Mattis and Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman signed the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement, or COMCASA, which in practical terms will improve information network access and sharing so that in future weapons acquisition, secure communications links common in U.S. weapons systems, such as Link 16 in U.S. jets, can be included. Until now, those tactical communications capabilities have not been included in India’s major weapons purchases.

The two sides also agreed to enhanced defense cooperation, to include joint exercises on India’s coast in 2019 and the establishment of a hotline between the U.S. and India.

Read more

Related Articles