Saturday, January 29, 2011

U.S. Relaxes Export Rules For Indian Defense/Space Organizations

Aerospace Daily
Jan 31, 2011

NEW DELHI — The U.S. government has removed all remaining Indian space and defense-related organizations from the Department of Commerce’s so-called “Entity List”—a roster of organizations that must clear additional U.S. export licensing hurdles due to their perceived proliferation risk.

It is mostly laboratories within India’s Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) that are affected.

“This realignment ... will strengthen global non-proliferation efforts, opening new doors for space and defense cooperation and high-technology trade between our two countries,” says Timothy Roemer, U.S. ambassador to India.

Now, organizations formerly on the Entity List will have access to technologies that will enable government and private businesses to enter into transactions involving sensitive dual-use equipment, technology and software in an expeditious way.

According to a Jan. 24 federal notice from the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the specific Indian organizations that were removed from the list are the Armament Research and Development Establishment (DRDO); Defense Research and Development Lab (DRDO); Hyderabad Missile Research and Development Complex (DRDO); Solid State Physics Laboratory (DRDO); Liquid Propulsion Systems Center (ISRO); Solid Propellant Space Booster Plant (ISRO); Sriharikota Space Center
(ISRO); Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (ISRO); and Bharat Dynamics Ltd.
- Neelam Mathews

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