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

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BRUSSELS FOR PAUL ROHRLICH
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TAGS: ETTC KOMC BE NI
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK
ON APPLICATION 050099148 AND 050056149

REF: 2006 BLUE LANTERN GUIDEBOOK

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

2. The Department's Office of Defense Trade Controls
Compliance (PM/DTCC) requests post's assistance in conducting
a pre-license check on application 050099148 and a post
shipment verification on license 050056149, both involve the
export of C-130 spare parts to Nigeria. 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 licenses involving parties to this license.

3. Reason for request: Very large quantity of C-130 spare
parts to Nigeria; concern over whether the Nigerian Air Force
has need for all the items.

4. ACTION ABUJA: Embassy is requested to make inquiries with
appropriate Nigerian Air Force (NAF) officials to determine
if the NAF has ordered the C-130 spare parts referenced in
paragraph 5 below. Please verify that the articles are being
used for the purpose stated on the license. Does it seem
feasible that the NAF requires such a large amount and
quantity of C-130 spare parts ($10 million approved in August
2007 and another $5 million requested this month)? END ABUJA
ACTION.

ACTION BRUSSELS: Department requests that Embassy contact
Sabena Technics to obtain more information on its
relationship with the Nigerian Air Force. Sabena POC is Rik
Van Den Haute, Vice President Military Projects, reference
letter of intent dated 06/07/2007. Can Sabena confirm that
the NAF will be the final end user of C-130 parts listed on
license # 050056149? What is Sabena's exact role in this
transaction (i.e. parts purchaser, forwarder, or maintenance
and overhaul provider)? Can Sabena provide a list of parts
received under this license to date, in spreadsheet form,
including noun description? END BRUSSELS ACTION.


5. Details of license application:

A. DTC Case: 050056149

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

Lots Components, parts, accessories, attachments, and
associated equipment, including ground support equipment, for
the C-130 aircraft

License Value: USD 10,000,000

SELLER:

United Technologies Corporation
(Sub: Derco Aerospace)
One Financial Plaza
Hartford, CT 06101

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

Sabena Technics
Bru Bldg 23 Gate A Brussels National Airport
Zaventem 1930 Belgium

FOREIGN END-USER:

Nigerian Air Force
Nigerian Air Force Headquarters Garki
Abuja, Nigeria

PURPOSE:

Parts for the routine repair/maintenance of the C-130 aircraft


B. DTC Case: 050099148

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

Lots Components, parts, accessories, attachments, and
associated equipment, including ground support equipment, for
the C-130 aircraft

License Value: USD 5,000,000

SELLER:

United Technologies Corporation
(Sub: Derco Aerospace)
One Financial Plaza
Hartford, CT 06101

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

Romeera Aero Spares Ltd
8 Temple Gardens
London NW11 0LL United Kingdom

FOREIGN INTERMEDIATE CONSIGNEE:

Kearsley Airways Ltd
Romeera House Stanstead Airport
Stansted Essex, UK

FOREIGN END-USER:

Nigerian Air Force
Nigerian Air Force Headquarters Garki
Abuja, Nigeria

PURPOSE:

Parts for the routine repair/maintenance of the C-130 aircraft


6. Please slug reply for PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR
and include the words "Blue Lantern" and the case number in
the subject line. PM/DTCC can fax documentation to post upon
request. POC is Tim Watkins, Phone: 202-663-2814; Email:
WatkinsTR@state.gov; SIPRNET: WatkinsTR@state.sgov.gov. The
Blue Lantern Guidebook (ref) is available as a PDF file in
the Bunche Library's E-Book Collection on the DOS Intranet:
http://buncheelectroniclibrary.state.gov/eboo ks/
BlueLanternGuidebook2006%20 final .pdf

7. Department is grateful for post's assistance in this
matter.
RICE

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