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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to a report prepared by ” The Print”, the Indian Army has opposed Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) agreement which the US government has been pressuring India to sign after learning that once equipped on Apache AH-64E attack helicopter, US Government will be able to hear what Indian Army is communicating through secure connections leading to possible data leak to Pakistan.

All Military platforms purchased by India from the United States like C-17 and P-8I are supplied to India without secure communication systems of US-origin since India has refused to become a signatory to COMCASA and India instead uses less secure communications devices procured from Indian and other Global suppliers.

US-Origin Communication devices are known for being far more secure and are less prone to external hacking but it also provides US direct backdoor entry access to data transfer or voice communication which will happen over their pieces of equipment which could lead to data breach-in event of war which Indian Army fears the most.

Apache AH-64E attack helicopter will be part of Indian Army’s forward Strike Corps and is a key element in providing Anti-armour firepower to the Strike Corps long with indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH).

Indian Army fears that tactical and formation information transmitted over us-origin communications devices might lead to data breach since Indian Army plans to use Apache AH-64E as aerial command force which will guide other attack helicopters like LCH, Rudra WSI in battle formation since AH-64E is vastly superior and is equipped with the Northrop Grumman millimetre-wave Longbow radar which can pick up 128 targets in small scan and can pass target information to others for target engagement.

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