In a significant development, the Trump administration has relaxed standards for exporting drones to friendly countries.
Under the new policy, drones that fly at speeds below 800 km per hour are no longer subject to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). The move will increase the US’ national security by improving the capabilities of its partners and increase economic security by opening the expanding drones market to the US industry.
Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)?
What is the MTCR? The Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) is an informal political understanding among states that seek to limit the proliferation of missiles and missile technology.
When was the MTCR established? The regime was formed in 1987 by the G-7 industrialized countries.
Who belongs to the MTCR? There are currently 35 countries that are members (Partners) of the MTCR. India became its member in 2016.
What is the relationship between the MTCR and the UN? While there is no formal linkage, the activities of the MTCR are consistent with the UN’s non-proliferation and export control efforts.
Is the MTCR a treaty? The MTCR is not a treaty and does not impose any legally binding obligations on Partners (members). Rather, it is an informal political understanding.
Is there a central administrative body for the MTCR? The MTCR has no formal secretariat. France serves as the Regime’s Point of Contact (POC) which receives and distributes all Regime documents.