- India formally applied to join the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), and it hopes to become a full member of the group by the end of this year.
- The MTCR requires its members to control the transfer of missiles and missile-relevant technology.
- India was denied such technology by MTCR members because of its nuclear weapons program and has indigenously developed these technologies.
- It is therefore not reliant on technology imports for its missile program.
- Further, India does not transfer missile technology to other countries, and it already officially undertook this commitment by adhering to the MTCR.
- India’s heavy and non mobile space rockets use engines that are different from those in India’s lighter mobile missiles.
- India’s space program launches satellites for other states, including for some MTCR members, and India’s entry into the MTCR could ease technology transfer barriers for such collaborative space ventures.