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Cablegate: Blue Lantern - 05006144

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DE RUEHSL #0476 2361314
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O 241314Z AUG 07
FM AMEMBASSY BRATISLAVA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1150
INFO RUEHPG/AMEMBASSY PRAGUE IMMEDIATE 4144
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC IMMEDIATE

UNCLAS BRATISLAVA 000476

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KOMC ETTC EZ LO
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN - 05006144

REF: STATE 104291

1. (U) Post confirms that Air Transport Europe (ATE) is a
limited liability company registered in the Slovak Republic
and authorized to conduct repairs of aircraft and to import,
export, buy and sell military materials. Daniel Ontko, Desk
Officer in the Arms Control and Disarmament Section at the
Slovak MFA told Poloff that he has no derogatory information
on ATE.

2. (SBU) Poloff and Air Attache met with Mr. Marvin Denenny
from the U.S. Army's Threat System Management Office (TSMO)
on August 13. Denenny confirmed that TSMO contracted with ATE
to upgrade helicopters and that the parts ordered under
application 05006144 are necessary for the completion of
TSMO's order. Denenny confirmed that his office has a long

SIPDIS
working relationship with ATE and they have found ATE to be a
reliable and responsible partner.

3. (U) Poloff and Air Attache visited ATE's offices on August
22 and met with General Director Milan Hoholik. (Please note
proper spelling.) Hoholik confirmed that the parts ordered
under application 05006144 will be installed on Mi-8MTV
helicopters that are the property of the U.S. Army Aviation
and Missile Command. Upon completing contracted refurbishment
and upgrade work, ATE will return the helicopters to the U.S.
Army Aviation and Missile Command.

4. (U) ATE has been licensed to import and sell defense
articles since 1999. According to Mr. Hoholik, however, U.S.
Army Aviation and Missile Command is their only customer for
controlled technologies. ATE's main business, excluding work
done for the USG, is in civil transportation and helicopter
maintenance. A sister company - registered separately for
self-evident PR reasons - is the main provider of emergency
medical air transport in Slovakia. Mr. Hoholik indicated that
he is familiar with restrictions against the unauthorized
re-transfer or re-export of U.S.-origin defense articles.
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