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

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TEL AVIV FOR MICHAEL KEAYS
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC IS
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK
ON APPLICATION 050093749

REF: A. IIR 7 739 0806 07
B. 7 739 0803 07
C. BLUE LANTERN GUIDEBOOK 2006

1. (U) This is an Action Request. See paragraphs 2-4.

2. (U) The Department's Office of Defense Trade Controls
Compliance (PM/DTCC) requests post's assistance in conducting
a pre-license check on application 050093749 for the export
of brush DC motors to Israel. Post is requested to complete
this Blue Lantern check within 30 days. Lack of response to
a Blue Lantern check will affect pending and future
applications involving parties to this license.

3. (SBU) Reason for request: unfamiliar watchlisted foreign
consignee and unfamiliar foreign intermediate consignee.
Foreign consignee Bental is on PM/DTCC's Watchlist, and its
bona fides have never been verified by a Blue Lantern check.
Refs A and B also raise concerns. PM/DTCC is also unfamiliar
with foreign intermediate consignee Servotronix Ltd. Post
should make appropriate inquiries to verify the bona fides of
Bental and Servotronix, assess the companies' ability and
willingness to protect United States Munitions List (USML)
technology, confirm the legitimacy of the proposed
transaction, and determine whether any other foreign parties
not listed on the license application will be involved in the
proposed transaction. The following questions are provided
as suggested guidance:

For the Israel MOD:

--Are you familiar with Bental and Servotronix Ltd.?

--Did you order from Bental and Servotronix the exact type
and quantity of items listed on this application? For what
purpose will the parts be used? Who will perform the repairs
of turret control engines on the Merkava MK 3 tank?

--Are Bental and Servotronix official suppliers/contractors
for the Israel MOD? Does the Israel MOD have any other
contracts with the company?

For Bental and Servotronix:

--Does the company have proper supporting documentation,
including purchase orders from the Israel MOD, for this
proposed transaction?

--What will happen with the parts once they arrive in Israel?
Who will perform the repairs of turret control engines on
the Merkava MK 3 tank?

--Will the company be handling or storing the items listed on
the application? If so, does it have secure facilities and
proper accounting and security procedures for handling these
sensitive USML items?

--When was the company established and who are its principals?

--What is the nature of its business -- what types of items
does it handle, does it serve as a broker?

--What types of organizations are among its typical customers
and where are the customers located?

--Does the company understand the restrictions on United
States Munitions List (USML) items, especially the
prohibition against unauthorized re-transfers and re-exports?

4. (U) Department requests that post conduct site visits to
the companies in order to provide Department with an
assessment of their business operations and on-site security.
If site visits are not possible, please inform PM/DTCC case
officer. Finally, post is asked to assess whether the
companies appear to be reliable recipients of USML items.
End action.

5. (SBU) For background, the following details of the license
in question are provided:

DTC Case: 050093749

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

47 QTG-1701-A Brush DC Motor with Tachometer
1 Documentation Package

License Value: USD 44,240.00

SELLER:

Danaher Corporation
2099 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Tel.: 540-633-5572

Subsidiary:
Kollmorgen Corporation
501 W. Main Street
Radford, VA 24141
Tel.: 540-633-5579
Company contact: Carolyn Richards

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

Bental
Kibutz Marom
PO 12436 Golan North
Golan
Israel

FOREIGN INTERMEDIATE CONSIGNEE:

Servotronix Ltd.
(aka Danaher Motion Israel)
Deniv Park 21C Yagia Kapayim St.
Petach Tikva 49130
Israel

FOREIGN END-USER:

Israel Ministry of Defense
Hakirya
Tel Aviv 61909
Israel

PURPOSE:

Repairs of turret control engines on the Merkava MK 3 (tank)

6. (U) Submitted in support of the license application were
the following documents (PM/DTCC can fax documentation to
post upon request):

--Cover letter from Danaher Motion explaining proposed
transaction, signed by Rob Miller, Account Manager,
International, Kollmorgen Aerospace and Defense (Division of
Danaher Corporation), dated March 10, 2008

--Purchase order DS800052 from Danaher Motion Israel
(Servotech) to Danaher Motion, signed by Efrat Yefet, dated
17 January 2008

--End-user statement, signed by (illegible), Danaher Motion
Israel (Servotech), dated 17/02/2008

--Technical drawing and specifications

7. (U) Please slug reply for PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN
COORDINATOR and include the words "Blue Lantern" and the case
number in the subject line. POC is Judd Stitziel, PM/DTCC,
Phone: 202-663-3455; email: StitzielJD@state.gov; SIPRNET:
StitzielJD@state.sgov.gov. The Blue Lantern Guidebook (ref
C) is available as a PDF file in the Bunche Library's
Electronic Library collection on the DOS Intranet:
http://virtuallibrary.state.gov/
BlueLanternGuidebook2006%2520 final .pdf

8. (U) Department is grateful for post's assistance in this
matter.
RICE

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