On Monday (June 27), India officially joined as a full member and became the 35th member of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). Backed by France and United States, India formally applied for membership in June 2015 and accepted as a member of MTCR unilaterally by all the 34 member nations on Monday.
Missile Control Technology Regime (MCTR) is an open and an unofficial partnership among 35 countries to avoid stacking of Missiles and unmanned aerial machine technology capable of carrying a minimum payload of 500 kg and travelling a distance of 300km. India’s inclusion to MCTR comes within days after her NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group) membership hit a dead end due to vehement opposition from her neighbor, China in the recently concluded Seoul plenary meeting.
The instrument of accession to MCTR was signed by India’s Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar in the presence of Netherlands Ambassador Alphonsus Stoelinga, Luxembourg’s Charg d’Affaires Laure Huberty and France’s Ambassador designate Alexandre Ziegler. This is incidentally India’s first entry into Multilateral Export Control Regime.
The External Affairs Ministry of India gave an official statement on account of India’s inclusion to MTCR. The statement read as follows:
“India has joined the MTCR this morning…India’s entry into the regime as its thirty-fifth member would be mutually beneficial in the furtherance of international non-proliferation objectives”
“India would like to thank each of the thirty-four MTCR Partners for their support for India’s membership. We would also like to thank Ambassador Pieter de Klerk of The Netherlands and Mr Robert Steinmetz of Luxembourg, co-Chairs of the MTCR,”
Ever Since the Indo-US Civilian Nuclear Agreement and NSG Waiver, India has been trying to be a part of NSG, Wassenaar Agreement, the Australia Group and MCTR backed by United States. India’s inclusion to MCTR will enable them to buy high-end missile technology like the Cryogenic Engine Technology from Russia and enhance their joint ventures with other countries.