New Delhi: On Monday, India formally joined the club of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) after receiving MTCR membership papers from Envoys of France, Netherlands and Luxembourg in Seoul, South Korea.
Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar received the MTCR membership papers in full view of the international press. The MTCR membership will enable India to buy high-end missile technology and also enhance its joint ventures with Russia.
The aim of the MTCR is to restrict the proliferation of missiles, complete rocket systems, unmanned air vehicles and related technology for those systems capable of carrying a 500 kilogramme payload for at least 300 kilometres, as well as systems intended for the delivery of weapons of mass destruction.
The MTCR induction is being seen as a balm for the diplomatic snub that India suffered due to its failed bid for membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). China, one of the main proponents of India’s restriction from the NSG, is not a member of the MTCR.