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Missile Technology Control Regime delegation in Pakistan
June 23, 2017
The Babur-3 submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM). Photo credit: Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR)

Missile Technology Control Regime delegation in Pakistan

The Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported that a delegation from the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) visited Pakistan on Wednesday, 11 January 2017.

The MTCR was established in 1987 with the aim of stopping the proliferation of munitions technology that can deliver warheads heavier than 500 kg beyond 300 km. In 1992, the MTCR broadened its scope to also include unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

The MTCR delegation was led by MTCR Chair, Director-General for Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Affairs in South Korea’s Foreign Ministry’s Ham Sang-wook. Tasnim Aslam, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led Pakistan’s team to receive and discuss with the MTCR.

APP reports that the MTCR briefed Pakistan about its “latest political and technical developments”, while Pakistan outlined its “contribution to international efforts aimed at preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.”

Notes & Comments:

India formally joined the MTCR in June 2016. The accession enabled India to access sophisticated and well-guarded technology that could enable it to vastly improve or accelerate its munitions and UAV programs. Pakistan has yet to express formal interest in joining the MTCR, though it is keeping regular contact with the MTCR and is also voluntarily abiding by the body’s export controls.

  • Shershahsuri

    SLCM Babur 3 test prompted the MTCR management to bring Pakistan into its fold.

  • Indeed…In 2013.

    But in 2016:

    //Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said that various stakeholders within the country had so far not reached a decision on joining the group.

    “We do not feel that it is propitious time for applying,” he said, adding that Pakistan was already voluntarily following the MTCR guidelines//

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1268091

  • SP

    Until Pakistan develops ICBM there is no point in joining MTCR. Actually there is no point in joining MCTR fullstop. MCTR has allowed the West to develop weapons and is aimed at stopping the rest from catching up.

    • Matthys Jacobs

      It would prevent entry into other markets as well as the ability to export into other markets.

      Also there’s additional technology transfer that happens or purchases allowed when signing the treaty.

      The treaty only means that you cannot export it, it makes no mention about domestic use.

      • SP

        What technology transfer is allowed after signing the treaty? What exports are allowed after signing treaty?

        Under the treaty Pakistan would not be able to sell armed drones. Pakistan would not be able to develop a space program. However the US could ignore anything and give waiver to any country that it pleases.

        • Matthys Jacobs

          Mainly components, when we signed (I’m south African).

          We were able to purchase components from the US and EU which we previously were not allowed to.

          Exports of any munitions or UAV’s under 300 km’s to fellow MRCR signatories.

          You could sell armed drones under the treaty.

          As mentioned it does not affect domestic requirements.

          It aims at exports but I understand your sentiment.

          • Zulfiqar Ali

            There are no rules except to continue developing US arsenals and control the rest…

        • GhalibKabir

          For one, India got to extend Brahmos range to 600 km (and it seems is getting help on longer range cruise missiles), get associated avionics, if you read specialist Indian sources they will tell you how a number of components that were off limits are now available for purchase incl. for our rocket artillery Pinaka 2. Joining has merits in that sense not to mention getting to export missiles legally.

          last but not the least getting to buy armed drones like the Heron TP, US predator drones etc.. and help with domestic drone program.

          Pak has China, we have no such benefactor and hence the MTCR helps.

  • Aqeel

    Pakistan should not bear any pressure to cap this program, regardless of consequences, currently these are for self defense, not for export purpose, when we plan to export then we should think about treaties, or so called regimes etc.

  • Syed

    Sometimes walking away from negotiations is the best form of negotiating .last time I checked USA was funding Israeli anti ballistic missile development so what in the wide world of sports is going on

  • Khalid Rahim

    MCTR a gimmick that plays spooky games with different nations.

    • mazhar

      They arrive to protect commercial interests of countries who drafted this MCTR gimmick, also may hand over black market info to make more $$$.

  • rizwan

    You want to say , that right after the agni test , China give Babur 3 ( chines version) to pakistan that could fit tarpedo tube of agosta and within 7 days software been installed and bang there goes chines rocket fired through agosta …lol when u Indian will growup , this is ain’t toy friend and not easy , it need years of research and modifications on board and shape of missiles

    • MT

      Entire Shaheen and Babur is based on Chinese designed weaponry. Google ll help u.

      There s no proof of agosta used for testing

      • Abdul Rashid

        ISPR press release made no reference to Agosta: “The missile was fired from an underwater, mobile platform and hit its target with precise accuracy”.

        • MT

          Probably from a Chinese submarine which ll be model for 8submarine import deal.

          It’s very obvious that slcm tech comes in exchange of deal

  • Manju

    Most of the people are unaware that a few Pakistani organizations which were related to missile development were blacklisted recently because of which MTCR has gotten involved into it.Moreover it’s not about the Chinese help that is being investigated but Pakistani help to North Korea that is being negotiated.

  • mazhar

    West has the worst record in proliferation. They call it ligit transfer of technology. Indians are also doing this with the help of Isreal.So pal, words are changed, reality remains the same.

    • MT

      Name those technology from Israel which are given to India.

      The reason that India hvv advanced space program nd much better missile than Pak but it struggling n cruise missile prove which country is doing native r&d

  • talat sharif

    Pakistan should tell the MTCR to mind its own business

  • Abdul Rashid

    Thanks for your carefully thought out and articulated analysis, Rnguy. However, it was very simply an SLCM test. That’s it!

  • mazhar

    Today we achieved another milestone, Surface to Surface Ababeel (MIRV). 2nd good news in a month.

  • tariq mushtaq

    Pakistan can not share technology with friend countries like KSA and Turkey, if Pakistan joines MTCR.
    I wish close cooperation in nuclear and missile technology between Pakistan and Turkey or may be it has already begun.

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