MTCR:India Enters Elite Missile Tech Group

Date: June 27, 2016

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India is the 35th member of the Missile Technology Control Regime. MTCR membership will enable India to deal in high-end missile technology,It comes days after China stalled India's entry into nuke club NSG. India on Monday joined an exclusive club of countries controlling exports in missile technology, just a day after decrying its exclusion from the Nuclear Supplies Group or NSG, which governs international nuclear fuel and technology.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar signed onto the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) aimed at preventing the unchecked proliferation of missiles and their delivery systems.Admission in the MTCR was seen as the next step for India in legitimizing its nuclear energy and missile programs after it conducted atomic tests in 1998 that alarmed the international community.

The MTCR restricts the proliferation of missiles, rocket systems, unmanned air vehicles, or drones, and the technology for systems capable of carrying a payload of 500 kilograms for at least 300 kilometers, as well as systems intended for the delivery of weapons of mass destruction.

In 2008, India signed a landmark civil nuclear deal with the United States giving it some access to nuclear materials and technologies.

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Since then, India has been pushing for its inclusion in the various elite groups that control the export of nuclear materials and regulate technologies relating to conventional, nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

Last week, at a plenary meeting of the nuclear group NSG in Seoul, India's membership to the 48-nation group that controls access to sensitive nuclear technology was shot down after China raised procedural hurdles.India, still smarting over being denied entry, on Sunday hit out at Beijing, saying that the issue of its membership of the nuclear group was not going to go away.