India: 35th Member of Missile Technology Control Regime (Download PDF)

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India became the 35th full member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) for mutual benefits in the furtherance of international non-proliferation objectives. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar has signed the instrument of accession to MTCR in this regard at New Delhi.

  • With this India made its first entry into any multilateral export control regime.
  • The MTCR Point of Contact has conveyed India՚s accession to the regime in Paris through the French Embassy in New Delhi as well as Embassies of The Netherlands and Luxembourg.
  • India was capable to effectively enter this multilateral export control regime with the unrestricted support of all 34 MTCR Partners.
  • India՚s attempt for the membership to the group and was failed after it was blocked by Italy previously in 2015.

Implications

  • India will now be able to buy high-end missile technology and also can enhance its defence joint ventures with Russia by becoming MTCR member.
  • The MTCR will also strengthen its own export controls in India՚s addition which will in chance help it to validate transferring sensitive technology in front of other MTCR members.
  • In additional, it will also pave a way for India՚s attempt to become the member of Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) , Wassenaar Agreement and Australia Group.

About Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)

  • G-7 countries have established the MTCR in 1987.
  • The main objective behind the implementation of the MTCR is to control the proliferation of missiles, unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) , complete rocket systems and related technology for those systems capable of carrying a 500 kilogram payload for at least 300 kms and systems planned for the delivery of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) .

- Published/Last Modified on: June 28, 2016

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