Last week India became full member of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), which is a group of 35 nations under which the nations curb the spread of unmanned delivery system for nuclear weapons. Missile Technology Control Regime was established in the year 1987 by G7 countries i.e. Canada, Japan, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and United States of America. It’s the joint effort to stop inhumane use of unmanned delivery system capable of carrying a payload of 500 kg for the distance of 300 km. India recently got the membership without any opposition whereas China is trying for the membership since 2004.
In the talk with External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup denied the suggestion of obstructing the China’s membership request into MTCR. Swarup said that, in a bilateral ties both ends has to think about each other and India will keep on convincing China for its membership into NSG (Nuclear Supplier Group). Since relation with other nations are good there were rumors that along with China other few nations are also opposing India’s membership but the actual thing is different. Other countries were concerned with some documents and procedure, but for that they have different solutions and India is already up to the mark for those blockages. And it is the top priority of India to get the NSG membership and India’s objective is to enlarge area of convergence and reduce area of divergence.
On asking about the membership of MTCE Vikas said India got the membership on basis of its faultless records of preventing spreading of nuclear weapons and this membership will enable high technology tie-ups in India and will ease the access to high-tech items for India’s space and defense programmes. He also asserted that this MTCR membership will not affect national ties with China and will not do any harm to programmes on which both nation are working together.
Which countries are the member of MTCR?:
Since its establishment, 34 countries became the member of MTCR group which has same thinking of stopping the proliferation of missiles, nuclear weapons and ballistic weapons. These are the member countries: Canada, United States of America, Japan, Italy, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Luxemburg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, France and now India the 35th country.
Benefits of becoming MTCR member to India:
- India can now increase the range of BrahMos missile to 600-800 KM, with that range entire Pakistan naval fleet can be destroyed
- MTCR membership will let India sell its BrahMos missile which will make India significant arm exporter for the first time
- India now can use Israel’s Arrow Anti-Ballistic missile system and can defend itself from Pakistani and Chinese ballistic missile
- Indian Air Force and Navy are planning to buy American Predator Drone, the latest drone by America which will make India reach all over Pakistan and can carry air strikes against terror groups and camps
- ISRO will have reliable access to restricted technologies for developing its cryogenic engines in order to enhance space exploration
- MTCR will act as pre-requisite to get into NSG
- US might consider exporting Category 1 UAVs, Reaper and Global Hawk, which have been key to counter-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.
- Countries under MTCR will not sell weapons which has a range of 300 km and also the missile which can carry the missile of 500 kg
With this excellent achievement India is now hoping to get another milestone of getting into Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) after getting rejecting due to opposition by China and we hope India get the membership soon.