India, US set for military pact on satellite data

Slow Dance

India has generally been reluctant about getting brought into the U.S.- drove security alliance and antagonizing China. But tensions have risen significantly with China this summer, erupting into a clash between border troops in the western Himalayas.

Finally, India is closing in on an agreement with the United States that will give it access to a range of topographical, nautical & aeronautical data satellite data for better accuracy of missiles and drones, government and industry officials said, as it tries to narrow the gap with the powerful Chinese military. This pact will help balance China's growing regional influence.

The two sides are expected to announce the pact during the visit next week of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper for talks in New Delhi with Indian counterparts Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh.