India Enters Elite Club of countries controlling exports in missile technology.
Adding feathers to the cap, India signed the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) pact on Monday 27th, 2016. This means India will now have full access to key missile materials and technologies, and it can now export missiles.
Earlier in the year 2008, India signed an agreement with USA on Civil Nuclear Deal, which allowed little access to nuclear objects and technology.
Understanding that, India was pushing hard for official entry into elite groups like NSG and MTCR which manage the trade of nuclear objects and technology.
MTCR is one of elite four international nuclear export control regimes, namely the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the Wassennar Agreement and the Australia Group
This achievement came after recent setback in an attempt to join a key group that controls global rules for global trade in nuclear materials, energy and technology.
But, this didn’t happen so easily, after years of strategic negotiations with diplomats, India made it to join elite club of countries managing exports in missile technology.
As an MTCR member, India can aim to prevent unchecked reproduction of missiles. This will boost India’s foreign policy initiatives especially after Beijing purportedly halted Delhi’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) last week, pointing that India should first sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) – a fundamental for all NSG members.
On the other hand, Beijing’s candidature to join the MTCR is still awaiting approval, which India may use as an opportunity as a bargain chip in its NSG discussions with China as Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, still believe that it would turn positive if he keeps discussing NSG issue with China.
How USA helped the Entry Deal
The US government combined India to the special country group rated A2, which led the way for India’s MTCR entry.
MTCR Categories – The MTCR has two categories of items
Category I, the export of which is extremely reduced such as UAVs and rockets and
Category II, the export of which is averagely controlled such as avionics, propellants and communication systems which comes under dual-use technologies