MEMBERS of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MT CR), a key anti-pro-liferation grouping, have agreed to admit India, diplomats said this week.
The move is a win for prime minister Narendra Modi as he was set to meet president Barack Obama in Washington on Tuesday (7).
Diplomats with direct knowledge of the matter said a deadline for members of the 34nation group to object to India’s admission had expired on Monday without any of them raising objections.
Admission to the MTCR would open the way for India to buy highend missile technology. It would also make more realistic its aspiration to buy state of the art surveillance drones from the US.
India also makes a supersonic cruise missile, the Brahmos, in a joint venture with Russia that both countries hope to sell to third countries. That would make India a significant arms exporter for the first time.