Missile Technology Control Regime

The Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) is a multilateral export control regime whose members have an informal political understanding to limit the proliferation of missiles and missile technology. India became a member of the MTCR in 2016. In this article, you can read all about the MTCR for the civil services exam.

MTCR History

The Missile Technology Control Regime was started in 1987 by the G-7 industrialised countries namely, USA, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Italy. It was started to check the proliferation of unmanned delivery systems for nuclear weapons (particularly systems that could carry a payload of 500 kg to a range of 300 km).

MTCR Features

  • It is not a legally binding treaty on the members. It is only an informal political understanding.
  • Currently, there are 35 members in the regime including India. China is not a member of the regime.
  • Every member is supposed to establish national export control policies for ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, space launch vehicles, drones, remotely piloted vehicles, sounding rockets, and underlying components and technologies.
  • Every member should look into the following five factors while deciding on a possible export of controlled items:
    • Whether the intended recipient is pursuing or has ambitions for acquiring weapons of mass destruction;
    • The capabilities and purposes of the intended recipient’s space and missile programs;
    • Potential contribution the transfer could make to the recipient’s development of delivery systems for weapons of mass destruction;
    • Credibility of the recipient’s stated purpose for the purchase; and
    • If the potential transfer conflicts with any multilateral treaty.

MTCR and India

India applied for a membership to the MTCR in June 2015. India was supported by the USA and France in its application.

MTCR Benefits to India

  1. India’s space programme will get a fillip as ISRO will now have access to restricted high-end technologies for developing its cryogenic engines.
  2. India’s arms exports will be enhanced as now, India can export BrahMos to Vietnam and other nations.
  3. This will help India procure Israel’s Arrow II missile, which will help develop India’s own ballistic missile system.
  4. India can buy surveillance drones from the US.
  5. This will be a boost to the ‘Make in India’ programme.

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