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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 3: Pre-License End-Use

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RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHFR #0279 0461721
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 151721Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY PARIS
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 1999

UNCLAS PARIS 000279

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR
YAOUNDE FOR CLINTON BROWN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC FR
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: PRE-LICENSE END-USE
CHECK ON LICENSE 05-050079910

REF: STATE 002342

1. (U) Embassy contacted Francois-Regis Boulvert,
international cooperation chief at CELAR, the foreign
end-user. (Reftel stated that CELAR is an
"unfamiliar foreign party" but according to post
files, we have handled other license checks where
CELAR was the end-user, e.g., 05-1001124.) He
confirmed that the MOD laboratory CELAR is the end-
user of the synthesizers and associated data in the
license request. In his letter Boulvert states:

-CELAR confirms that the articles ordered by the
broker Elexience (reftel) are to be integrated into a
test-bench for CELAR called by COBRA NG. The test
bench is a radar simulator.

-Elexience intervenes in its role as subcontractor of
the company INEO Defense ELG which was awarded the
contract for the development of the test-bench.

-CELAR completed a request for export authorization
signed by the Director of CELAR, that was transmitted
to INEO Defense ELG on January 22, 2008. This
request is likely still in the process of being sent
on to the American authorities.

-Francois-Regis Boulvert
Cooperation correspondent
DGA/DET/CELAR
BP 5 74 19
35174 Bruz CEDEX
France
+33-2-99-42-65-32
Francois-regis.boulvert@dga.defense.gouv.fr

2. (U) Post also contacted the broker, Elexience.
Point of contact Anita Squedin (Tel: +33-1-69-53-80-
44) confirmed that her firm has certified broker
status and was handling the acquisition of the
synthesizers for INEO Defense in the context of its
contract with CELAR.

3. (U) The commercial director of INEO Defense
confirmed his company's awareness of prohibition on
reexport of munitions list items. He explained that
the two synthesizers in question are specifically for
use in the test-bench contracted by CELAR, noting
that the French MOD (practically the only customer
his company has, he said) would not permit export of
such items in any event. He noted that his company
is now a subsidiary of the Suez conglomerate. The
point of contact for any further clarification, if
needed, is Mr. Alain Sterczynski (Tel: +33-4-92 96 28
58).

PEKALA

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