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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Post-Shipment Check On Licenses

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RR RUEHQU
DE RUEHBO #1092 0792127
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 192127Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY BOGOTA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2033
INFO RUEHBR/AMEMBASSY BRASILIA 8114
RUEHOT/AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 2457
RUEHQU/AMCONSUL QUEBEC 0022
RUEHRI/AMCONSUL RIO DE JANEIRO 0124
RUEHSO/AMCONSUL SAO PAULO 2314

UNCLAS BOGOTA 001092

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

FOR PM/DTCC-BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC NL CO
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN POST-SHIPMENT CHECK ON LICENSES
05009602 AND 050055592

REF: STATE 13337


1. In response to reftel Econoff initiated efforts with
MilGroup Army Officer to confirm the purchase by the
Colombian Military (COLMIL) of 111 compressor-turbine stators
with the part number 3056531CL07 ("stators") from two U.S.
vendors. Per reftel, the stators are parts for the PT6A-68C
engine used in the Embraer EMB314 AL-X aircraft (aka "Super
Tucano").

2. On March 19, Econoff and MilGroup Army Officer met with
COLMIL Master Sergeant Juan Carlos Lopez, Assistant Director
of Supply Logistics for the Colombian Airforce. Lopez
reviewed all COLMIL purchases since 1998 and determined that
the COLMIL had not made any individual purchase of stators.
Lopez noted that individual purchases of stators would only
make sense if the COLMIL had the capacity to internally
overhaul PT6A-68C engines. However, since the COLMIL does
not have the capacity to internally overhaul PT6A-68C
engines, such engines are typically sent out of country for
overhauling.

3. Lopez said that the COLMIL was in the process of
purchasing 25 Super Tucanos of which 19 had already been
delivered with six more to be delivered in the next six
weeks. Lopez said these Super Tucanos are being purchased
from Embraer-Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica of Brazil.
Lopez confirmed that engines in the Super Tucanos have
stators with the part number 3056531CL07. Accordingly, with
the current information Post cannot confirm the particular
purchase of 111 stators with part number 3056531CL07. Post
recommends that the Department contact Foreign Intermediate
Consignees Pratt and Whitney of Canada and Embraer-Empresa
Brasileira de Aeronautica of Brazil to determine the
disposition of said stators.
Brownfield

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