India Space Launch Sector Lifted from US ‘Entity List’ Export Restrictions

The Obama Administration removed from the from the US Commerce Department’s export control ‘Entity List’ nine Indian space and defense related companies including those from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), from its export control ‘Entity List’so as to strengthen high-technology trade between the two countries.

The Indian Space Research Organisation gained lifting of restrictions for much of the space sector including the Liquid Propulsion Systems Center, Solid Propellant Space Booster Plant (SPROB), Sriharikota Space Center (SHAR), and Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC) removing them from the export administration regulations (EAR).

The DRDO companies removed from the entities list: Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL), Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), Defense Research andDevelopment Lab (DRDL), Missile Research and Development Complex; Solid State Physics Laboratory.

President Obama had assured India that he would remove the above companies from the ‘Entity List’ during his visit to India in November 2010. More from the US Department of Commerce and Jane’s.

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