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

VZCZCXYZ0024
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHBK #4711 2150824
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 030824Z AUG 06
FM AMEMBASSY BANGKOK
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 0659

UNCLAS BANGKOK 004711

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

PM/DTCC FOR BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR JSTITZIEL

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC TH
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: POST SHIPMENT END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSES 05-906361 AND 05-958497

REF: SECSTATE 117643

1. On July 27, POL FSN visited the Engineering Department of
the Royal Thai Army in Ratchaburi province, 100km west of
Bangkok and met COL Natthasit Lamanchai, Director of the
Logistics Division and his deputy, COL Bunyawat. Both
officers confirmed receipt of NVDs-AN/PVS 14 as outlined in
reftel in four shipments.

One was a set of 9 NVDs, serial numbers 20261-20270 delivered
by "Viryakit Col, LTD on July 1, 2004. The shipment was
examined by three RTA officers upon arrival.

The second shipment consisted of 10 NVDs, serial numbers:
32650
32653
32655
32656
32657
32660
32662
32663
32666 and
32669
This shipment was delivered on August 19, 2005 and examined
by three RTA officers.

The third shipment of 39 NVDs, serial numbers 46376-46399 and
46400-46414 was delivered on September 15, 2005 and examined
by 3 RTA officers.

The fourth shipment of 33 NVDs, serial numbers 46415-46447
was delivered on October 12, 2005 and examined by 3 RTA
officers.

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2. Both COL Natthasit and COL Bunyawat confirmed the NVDs
are being used for the purpose stated on the license. The
officers represent the purchasing and distribution agency for
the NVDs, not the end use units.
The devices in Shipment one were shipped to the RTA Special
Warfare Command in Lopburi as follows:
20262 to Special Warfare Unit 5
20263 to Special Warfare Unit 4, Battalion 1
20264 and 20265 to Special Warfare Unit 1, Battalion 1
20266 to Special Warfare Unit 4, Battalion 1
20267, 20268 and 20269 to Special Warfare Unit 3
20270 to Special Warfare Unit 5

All 82 NVDs in shipments two, three and four were shipped to
the 1st Special Warfare Regiment at Lopburi.

3. Both COL Natthasit and COL Bunyawat acknowledged,
understood and are abiding by the licenses' limitations and
provisos. They explained that they understand the End-User
Statement and USML regulations. They acknowledged their
obligation to report in writing to PM/DDTC any theft, loss or
unauthorized access to the NVDs within 30 days but explained
that they no longer have physical custody of the devices.
They also explained that the RTA has internal investigative
procedures as well. They acknowledged their responsibility
to perform monthly 100 per cent physical count inventories
and quarterly 100 percent serial number inventories. They
explained that the RTA has additional internal procedures
requiring weekly, monthly and quarterly cross checks
conducted periodically by the Army Inspector General. They
confirmed that the NVDs are secured in a controlled-access,
monitored, double barrier protection facility. POL FSN was
unable to make a spot check of NVDs image intensifier tubes
since the devices are deployed in the field. Post requests
guidance on whether PM/DTCC wishes POL/FSN travel to conduct
an actual count and spot check at the Special Warfare Command
in Lopburi.

BOYCE

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