In­dia joins MTCR, next NSG?

SP's MAI - - FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK - Jayant Baran­wal Pub­lisher & Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

In­dia’s march in the comity of na­tions con­tin­ues on dif­fer­ent fronts. While its bid to get into the Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group (NSG) was blocked by neigh­bour China, In­dia was suc­cess­ful in join­ing as a full mem­ber of the Mis­sile Tech­nol­ogy Con­trol Regime (MTCR) in Paris. Since the con­clu­sion of the Indo-US Civil Nu­clear Deal be­tween Pres­i­dent Ge­orge Bush and Prime Min­is­ter Dr Man­mo­han Singh nearly a decade ago, In­dia has been mak­ing ef­forts to be a part of these two ex­port con­trol regimes as also of the Aus­tralia Group and the Wasse­naar Ar­range­ment that to­gether reg­u­late the con­ven­tional, nu­clear, bi­o­log­i­cal and chem­i­cal weapons and tech­nolo­gies.

In this is­sue, Air Mar­shal B.K. Pandey (Retd) analy­ses how In­dia’s mem­ber­ship of the MTCR would help strengthen global non-pro­lif­er­a­tion ob­jec­tives. In­dia’s en­try into the MTCR is ex­pected to re­move or re­duce im­ped­i­ments for the na­tion to ex­port high-tech mis­siles such as BrahMos to other coun­tries as well as pur­chase the Preda­tor un­manned com­bat aerial ve­hi­cles from the US. How­ever, fresh pol­icy frame­work would have to be drawn up and im­ple­mented. Air Mar­shal Pandey states that the ma­jor diplo­matic chal­lenge be­fore In­dia would be to ne­go­ti­ate the next round of ne­go­ti­a­tions for en­try into the NSG with­out fur­ther es­ca­lat­ing an­i­mos­ity with China.

In an­other ar­ti­cle, Air Mar­shal Pandey has hailed the first squadron of home-grown light com­bat air­craft (LCA) Te­jas which be­came a re­al­ity with the in­duc­tion of two air­craft into the In­dian Air Force (IAF) af­ter a wait of over three decades. The Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited handed over two LCA Te­jas Mk I. The new squadron has been chris­tened the ‘Fly­ing Dag­gers 45’. While com­mis­sion­ing of the Fly­ing Dag­gers 45 will go down in the his­tory of IAF as a mile­stone to be cher­ished, the LCA Te­jas has still a long way to go.

In the ar­ti­cle on De­fence Pro­cure­ment Pro­ce­dure (DPP) 2016, Lt Gen­eral P.C. Ka­toch (Retd) writes about how the gov­ern­ment is al­low­ing for­eign en­ti­ties to en­gage agents for de­fence deals un­der a strict set of con­di­tions, which in­cludes giv­ing the De­fence Min­istry (MoD) ac­cess to com­pany ac­counts. What the De­fence Min­is­ter and the MoD need to en­sure is that mil­i­tary equip­ping is not de­layed at any cost con­sid­er­ing the poor state be­cause of ex­treme ne­glect over the past decade.

We have an ar­ti­cle on the C295 mil­i­tary trans­port air­craft which will be the first project wherein a mil­i­tary trans­port air­craft will ac­tu­ally be man­u­fac­tured in In­dia by an orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­turer from abroad. The Air­bus-Tata Ad­vanced Sys­tems Lim­ited joint ven­ture com­pany will vir­tu­ally be­come the prover­bial ‘Jewel in the Crown’ for Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s ‘Make in In­dia’ scheme.

From aero­space to space is one big leap which In­dia has been tak­ing. Though much hard work lies ahead for de­vel­op­ing the fi­nal space shut­tle, what ISRO (In­dian Space Re­search Or­gan­i­sa­tion) has demon­strated over the years is a re­mark­able sense of ded­i­ca­tion and progress in the space arena at min­i­mal costs.

From space to tech­nol­ogy, we have eRider ro­botic ve­hi­cle from Safran which com­bines a multi-mis­sion plat­form and drone ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

This and more in this is­sue and we look for­ward to your feed­back!

Happy read­ing!

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