U.S. to allow technology exports to India

The United States has recently reopened the door to high technology and aerospace exports to India, including those that could be used in the construction of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

The recent move by the United States ends a restrictive control mechanism that has been in place since the 1998 Pokhran II nuclear tests, according to HindustanTimes.com.

India is being placed within a category of countries free to import items that can be used for the construction of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, but that are not verifiably imported for that intent.

U.S. companies can also now sell dual-use technology to nine previously restricted Indian aerospace and defense companies without government permission, HindustanTimes.com reports.

Dual-use items can be used for both civilian and military applications. Some of the companies that are now unrestricted include Bharat Dynamics and four affiliates each of the Indian Space Research Organization and the Defense Research and Development Organization.

"Indian entities not directly involved in the nuclear weapons program will be able to import a range of dual-use technologies far more easily than they have in the past," Ashley Tellis, a former U.S. official involved with the deal, said, according to HindustanTimes.com.

President Barack Obama announced the changes during a trip to India in November, but they only came into effect as of January 24, when a publication of notice updated the U.S. Export Administration Regulations.