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India Tries to Legitimize Nuclear Program


  • 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.

Source:Defence News

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