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Cablegate: Blue Lantern End Use Check On License 05-050022026

VZCZCXYZ0008
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHAK #2227 2411224
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 291224Z AUG 07
FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3574
INFO RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 0345
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 0469
RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL 0215
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC
RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC
RUEPINS/HQ BICE INTEL WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS ANKARA 002227

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC KS TU
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN END USE CHECK ON LICENSE 05-050022026
AND 05-050044473

REF: STATE 116264

1. (SBU) We met with Tubitak Uzay Director Ugur Murat
Leloglu on August 28 to discuss reftel Blue Lantern cases
associated with Tubitak Uzay's RASAT Remote Sensing Satellite
Project. Leloglu was forthcoming and eager to cooperate with
our inquiry. We confirmed that Tubitak Uzay has received the
couplers (Case Number 05-050022026), but has nQyet received
tQRadiation Tolerant Field Programmable Gate Arrays (Case
Number 05-050044473), as it is part of the remote sensing
camera that Tubitak Uzay had ordered, but not yet received,
from its South Korean partner, SATREC. Upon our request,
Leloglu produced a list of major components for the camera.
The list included "Radiation Tolerant Field Programmable Gate
Arrays." The model number listed was identical to the one
listed in reftel, except the model number ended with an "E,
whereas the model number listed in reftel ended with a "B."
According to Leloglu, Tubitak Uzay is expecting delivery of
the camera from South Korea later this month. Leloglu has
pledged to inform us when the camera arrives.

2. (SBU) Regarding the launch site for the satellite,
Leloglu noted that his institution had been in negotiations
with Kazakh satellite launch company Baikonur until very
recently, but those negotiations broke down due to concerns
over cost and timing. Subsequent to the collapse of talks
with Baikonur, Tubitak Uzay had sent a message in early
August to all companies capable of launching satellites to
determine which company can meet its launch window of late
2008 to early 2009. Tubitak Uzay has received a positive
response only from French aero-space firm Arianespace, with
which Tubitak Uzay has begun negotiations. However, Leloglu
noted that the Indian firm Antrix had also responded to
Tubitak Uzay's inquiry by requesting additional technical
details on the satellite.

3. (SBU) We reminded Leloglu about ITAR regulations
prohibiting the re-transfer or re-export of USML components
without express USG authorization, as well as standing USG
policy prohibiting the launch of satellites containing USML
components from India or China. Leloglu indicated that
Tubitak Uzay plans to use Arianespace to launch the
satellite, but asked whether there is a process to seek U.S.
authorization to launch the satellite from India should all
other options fail. We reiterated USG policy and discouraged
Leloglu from exploring the possibility of an exemption.


Visit Ankara's Classified Web Site at
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/ankara/

WILSON

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