India is now reportedly part of the Missile Technology Control Regime, with the deadline for objections by the other 34 members of the anti-proliferation group having expired on Monday, reported Reuters. The agency quoted diplomats from four MTCR member nations saying that the 'silent procedure' has secured a spot for India in the group automatically.

With this, India can now buy high-end missile technology and state-of-the-art surveillance drones. A senior official in the Barack Obama administration had earlier said that India is expected to join the elite group "very quickly", reported The Indian Express. “We do expect that India will join MTCR very quickly. I think things are moving positively. There are no longer any major obstacles that we are aware of,” the official had said.