India – proving once again a lack of uniformity and integrity in Arms deals?
October 11, 2006 11:59pm CST
The new ‘Barak’ missile issue that has come out of a ‘sting’ operation has revealed that back in 1999, our present President Kalam, who was then one of the top brass in the DRDO (Defence Research Development organization), had put down in writing his opposition to procurement of ‘Barak’ missiles from Israel, quoting that they were only 50% effective and it would be a waste of time and money going in for that deal. The deal finally went thro’ under the then Defence Minister, George Fernandez. Why do our beaurocracy make fools of themselves on the international stage? Don’t they realize that such scandals are costing our country dear?
18 Oct 06
The International Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (ICOC), also known as the Hague Code of Conduct, was established November 25, 2002 as an arrangement to prevent the proliferation of ballistic missiles. Originally signed by 93 countries, this non-legally binding regime has grown to 124 members (April 2006). The ICOC does not ban ballistic missiles, but it does call for restraint in their production, testing, and export. While the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) has a similar mission, it is an export group with only 34 members.