Case 256 - Up in Arms: Russia's Sale of Cryogenic Rocket Engines to India
Kempton, Daniel R. and Roni Du Preez
In 1991 Russia proposed the sale of cryogenic rocket engines and related manufacturing technology to the Indian Space Agency. When the implications of the sale became public in 1993, President Boris Yeltsin came under considerable pressure from the United States, Pakistan, and China to cancel the sale. This two-part case study deals primarily with the motives behind high-technology sales. It also deals with how nations react to such sales when they perceive a threat to individual national security.