India Abroad

India Becomes 3rd Asian Nation To Get STA-1 Status From US

| August 4 , 2018 , 13:10 IST

India on Friday became the third Asian nation to get the Strategic Trade Authorization-1 (STA-1) status from the United States.

The United States of America issued a federal notification to this effect allowing the way for high technology product sales, particularly in civil space and defense sectors.

India is the 37th country to be designated the STA-1 status by the United States. It is also the third Asian nation to enter this league after Japan and South Korea.

The federal notification, issued yesterday, gains significance as the Trump Administration made an exception for India, which is yet to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

A statement by the Bureau of Industry and Security read, “This rule is another in the series of rules that implement reforms to which the United States and India mutually agreed to promote global nonproliferation, expand high technology cooperation and trade, and ultimately facilitate India’s full membership in the four multilateral export control regimes (Nuclear Suppliers Group, MTCR, WA, and AG).”

Earlier in 2016, during the Barack Obama regime, the administration granted India the tailored status of becoming a Major Defense Partner of the United States a status similar to that of a major non-NATO ally, without using that exact designation.

 It was effectively a logical extension of several years of high-level U.S.-India talks on defense technology cooperation through the support of the bilateral Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI).

Under the designation, India would have access to sensitive U.S. defense technologies in the same way that U.S. treaty allies do.