India's Concerns on COMCASA or CISMOA

India's Concerns on COMCASA or CISMOA

India's Concerns on COMCASA

A.intrusive Equipment

India feels that the US communication equipment is intrusive. It violates Indian sovereignty, as US inspectors, under COMCASA, will have a right to inspect Indian bases that will install such communication equipment. 

The US has a similar agreement with South Korea and the language of the agreement with South Korea is highly intrusive. Thus, some experts in India feel that India has implicitly accepted the extraterritorial application of American law. This is at variance with the end-user monitoring agreement (EUMA) between India and the US in 2009. 

The EUMA stated that US inspectors would not inspect Indian bases. The question is what is the status of EUMA and COMCASA? The government has not clarified anything.


B. Not  compatible with Russian 

India also feels that COMCASA equipment will not be compatible with Russian and indigenous Indian military platforms. India's concern is that if they use COMCASA equipment, then the US could monitor Indian activities and this may violate India's sovereignty. 

Thus, India favors checks and balances to be inbuilt that address Indian concerns. The US has modified the CISMOA to COMCASA where it has categorically asserted that the COMCASA communication links will apply only to the weapons that the US supplies. The US will not be able to share Indian data, from Indian platforms, with any other country, and will not access data without permission.


C. can track all aircraft, UAVs, and missiles

The US also is concerned that as India has purchased a Russian S-400 Triumf air defense system so advanced that it can track all aircraft, UAVs and missiles-it may conflict with the US as S-400 can allow Russia to access US information as S-400 Triumf is a mega-complex of radars, control systems, and missiles. 

The US has reasons to worry because S-400 can map America's prior F-35 fighters (which have a unique feature of low observability character) he third concern is that if the US installs any communication systems in India under COMCASA, mold it affect and compromise the secrecy of military installations in India?

D.secrecy of military

The third concern is that if the US installs any communication systems in India under COMCASA, mold it affect and compromise the secrecy of military installations in India?

E. Some experts have raised a question that as the US is not going to anyway stand behind India in case of a future conflict, why is such an agreement even needed?

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