What is Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) ?
Established in April, 1987 . It is a voluntary association with 34 countries (Now 35 including India) & 4 ‘unilateral adherents’ that follows its rules : Israel, Romania, Slovakia, Macedonia. The group aims to slow the missile & unmanned technology delivery that could be used for Chemical, Biological & Nuclear attacks . The Regime urges members, which includes most of the world’s major missile manufacturer to export missile & related technologies capable of carrying 500kg playload at atleast 300km or delivering any kind of weapons of mass destruction .
What does being part of MTCR mean to India ?
The entry on MTCR means that India could now be able to buy high & missile technologies. Additionally it India’s prospect to buy surveillance drones . India will be the 35th nation to join the MTCR which obsesses the prevention of missile & UAV technologies. It expected to prove the way for increased defence trade & technology transfer between US & India , as India has already shown interest in purchasing Predator Drone .
Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)
India’s main strategy is to isolate China which is playing a vital role in denying India’s entry to the nuclear club. The Indo-US joint statement released soon after the meeting spoke of Obama welcoming India’s application to join the NSG & re-affirmed that India is ready for the membership . The US also called the other participating nations to support India .
But because of China’s interfere, even with a lots of positive vibes, India’s seeking membership to the NSG is like Russia seeking membership for NATO .
Now all eyes are on today’s Vienna, where India’s application to NSG will come up in pre-planned meeting. India. Meanwhile trying its best to build a consensus in its favour.