It is 1of 3 foundational agreements that guide US high tech cooperation in defence sector with other countries.
was earlier called Communication & Information on Security Memorandum of Agreement (CISMOA) before name was changed 2reflect its India-specific nature
COMCASA is meant to facilitate use of high-end secured communication equipment to be installed on military platforms being sold to India by US to fully exploit their potential.
After initial reluctance of government and reservation of defence ministry, India has signed COMCASA.
Critics also pointed out that agreement could jeopardise India’s established military ties with Russia & access 2their weapons systems.
It will enable Indian military to get a better picture of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) which is seeing increasing Chinese movements.
It is believed that there are persistent concerns that this would allow U.S. Navy access to India’s own secure communication network and also that the information shared with the U.S. will be accessible by Pakistan.
It is an enabling instrument and does not commit India to acquiring U.S. platforms.. End.