This post is also available in: heעברית (Hebrew)

Missile Technology Control Regime

Israel will not sign the MTCR agreement in the foreseeable future but may demand some changes.

The Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) should be changed to something like “The long range platform technology control regime” or LRPTCR. The acronym is a not important. What is important is the adaptation of the reality to many kinds of control efforts.

Unmanned air vehicles, UAV’S are changing the reality that lead to the original MTCR.

Officials of the Israeli ministry of defense are discussing the ways in which the MTCR in its wider version,   might affect the export of Israeli developed UAV’s.

The experts agree that with some large long endurance uav’s the Israeli ministry of defense will have to get approval for every export deal from Washington. And based on past experience , when Israel planned to export “strategic” systems the u.s administration made angry voices and sometimes became even aggressive.

Israel has not officially joined the MTCR but because of its “special relations” with the u.s,  is adhering to its limitations

The aim of the MTCR is to restrict the proliferation of missiles, complete rocket systems, unmanned air vehicles, and related technology for those systems capable of carrying a 500 kilogram payload to a range of 300 kilometers, as well as systems intended for the delivery of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

So the new technology is creating a new reality and the MTCR must adapt not only by a name change.