Reciprocal Exchange of Logistics Agreement
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- India is all set to conclude the bilateral logistics agreement with Russia soon while the agreement with the U.K. is in the final stages of conclusion.
- Negotiations with a few more countries including Vietnam are in the preliminary stages.
- It will help Navy to improve operational turnaround and increase inter-operability on the high seas.
India’s logstic agrrement with other countries:
- India has signed several logistics agreements with all Quad countries, France, Singapore and South Korea beginning with the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) with the U.S. in 2016.
- The agreements are administrative arrangements facilitating access to military facilities for exchange of fuel and provisions on mutual agreement simplifying logistical support and increasing operational turnaround of the military when operating away from India.
- It will facilitate access to Russian facilities in the Arctic region, which is seeing increased global activity as new shipping routes open up and India’s own investments in the Russian Far East.
- It comes at a time when both nations are looking at significantly scaling up the already broad military-to-military cooperation.
Foundational agreements with U.S.
- India has now signed all four foundational agreements with the US
- LEMOA in 2016
- Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) in 2018 and
- Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial cooperation (BECA)in 2020
- General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) as an extension to the Industrial Security Annex (ISA), was signed in 2019.
- All logistics agreements are reciprocal.