Even though the US blocked the transfer of cryogenic technology to India towards the end of the Cold War, ISRO has much to gain today from working closely with the West and with NASA.
However, the Wassenaar Arrangement may soon be ready to welcome India into its fold, officials indicated.
A new report outlines six ‘must-do’ tasks to bolster ties, including encouraging India to raise FDI in defence. But geopolitics, counterterrorism and cyber security will need attention too.
Now that all procedures attendant to membership are complete, the MTCR will be the first multilateral export control group that has opened its doors to India.
While the prime minister has stepped up cooperation with Washington, it is important for India to engage skilfully in play-offs with both the US and China.
India’s formal membership of the Missile Technology Control Regime is being hailed as a breakthrough, but the implications may be somewhat less dramatic.
The Wire compares US-India joint statements from 2015 and 2016 to assess the progress made in implementing decisions and highlight changes in priorities.
If everything goes according to plan, India could be entering two out of four export control regimes this week.
The Dutch chair of the MTCR has written to all member states asking them to approve Indian membership ‘by circulation’.
India is trying to equip the military with more unmanned technologies to gather intelligence as well as boost firepower along its borders with Pakistan and China, a move that could annoy them.
India has managed to create a space for itself at the nuclear high table despite global apprehensions over its nuclear security policy. But it may be time to address these concerns.