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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 3: Post-Shipment End-Use Check

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DE RUEHBK #0831 0740922
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R 140922Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY BANGKOK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2275
INFO RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC
RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS BANGKOK 000831

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

PM/DTCC FOR BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC TH
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: POST-SHIPMENT END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSE 050064972 AND 050060384

REF: STATE 14518

1. (U) POL FSN March 4 and 11 visited Neo Tech to discuss the
purchase. POL FSN also spoke separately with Neo Tech
managing partner Chinnachot Koson. The representatives
confirmed the purchase equipment as stated reftel for the
Royal Thai Navy. The company had won the RTN's calls for
bids on the equipment. The company has registered itself as
a bidder with the Thai armed forces and had been certified as
an importing company by U.S. Embassy-Bangkok's Commercial
Service Office (original letter seen). There had been three
lots and Neo Tech provided copies of related documents that
concur with reftel.
1) Contract No. 70/Ngor. Por. 2550, dated July 17, 2007,
between the Neo-Tech and the RTN's Naval Electronics
Department (NED), Samut Prakan, for two sets of DC-DC
Converter Module A5. As to the NED's official certified
letter, Ref. MOD 0522/2052, dated August 9, 2007, these
modules would be installed in the RTN's H.T.M.S. Kririrat and
H.T.M.S. Sichang. Neo-Tech has issued a Purchase Order No.
1335/ED-19-50, dated July 19, 2007, to the Fatair Inc. in the
U.S. for these equipment.
2) Contract No. 161/Ngor. Por. 2550, dated June 7, 2007,
between Neo-Tech and the RTN's Naval Supply Center, Sattahip
Naval Base, Chonburi, for three sets of indicator digital;
one set of frequency synthesizer; one set of power supply
circuit card; one set of indicator digit; and two sets of IC
MC74C.
3) Contract No. 167/Ngor. Por. 2550, dated June 7, 2007,
between Neo-Tech and the RTN's Naval Supply Center for one
set of receiver board and four sets of display. Neo-Tech has
issued a Purchase Order No. 1330/NSC-17-18-50, dated June 27,
2007, to Fatair Inc. for the equipment in Contract 161 and
167.

2. (U) Neo-Tech confirmed that all equipment was delivered to
the respective RTN agencies in late 2007.

3. (U) POL FSN met March 6 with Rear Admiral Kittiphong
Kesakomon, Director-General of NED at the Phra Chulachomklao
Naval Fort in Samut Prakan, and his deputies Captain Sanachai
and Captain Thoetsak. They confirmed the bid and the
purchase of the equipment stated in Contract 70 via Neo-Tech,
and that the equipment would installed in RTN ships. The
equipment had been delivered to NED and stored in the Naval
Warehouse on October 15, 2007. POL FSN examined the
equipment, the serial and part numbers concurred as reftel.

4. (U) POL FSN March 11 met Captain Phadungsak Intraprasite,
Deputy Director of the Naval Supply Center at Sattahip Naval
Base, Chonburi. Phadungsak confirmed the bids and the
purchases of the equipment stated in Contracts 161 and 167
via Neo-Tech. The equipment would be used for maintenance
and installation in the aircraft of the Naval Air Division,
Utaphao Air Base. The equipment in Contract 161 had been
delivered October 29, 2007, whereas those in Contract 167 had
been delivered October 30, 2007. All equipment were stored
at Warehouse No. 23 of the Naval Air Division, Utaphao Air
Base, in Amphoe Ban Chang, Rayong. POL FSN randomly asked to
see three items -- the Indicator Digital, the Frequency
Synthesizer, and the IC MC74C -- they were there, with the
same serial and part numbers as reftel.

5. (U) According to the Thai Ministry of Commerce, Neo-Tech
International Co. Ltd. was registered as follows:

Registration No. 0105536046992
Registered Date: April 22, 1993
Name: The company's original name was C.D.S. Aero Supply Co.,
Ltd. but was changed December 21, 1998.
Status: Company Limited
Capital Registration: 3,000,000 baht
Business partners: Natthaya Nittayaphan and Chinnachot Koson
Company Location: 119/104 Mu 6, Nawamin Rd., Khlong Kum
Sub-District, Bung Kum District, Bangkok.
The company has submitted annual financial reports for
1999-2006.
Purpose of Company: To bid for and sell materials and
equipment.
JOHN

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