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

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UNCLAS STATE 121959

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS
THAILAND FOR THOMAS HINES

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC TH
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSE 050132445

REF: A. A. 03 KUALA LUMPUR 7278
B. B. 08 JAKARTA 147

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 license 050132445 for the export of
helmets to Thailand. 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. (SBU) Reason for Request: Foreign consignee, Aeromiltec,
has been party to at least two transactions in which the
end-user did not/not order the US Munitions List items as
stated in the license applications (REFTEL A and B). The
current license application provides very little information
about the exact end-user and does not/not include import
certification from a Thai authority. The purchase order also
appears to have been doctored. This check is to establish the
bona fides of this transaction.

4. (SBU) Action Request: Post is requested to establish the
bona fides of this transactions by making appropriate
inquires to authorities at the Royal Thai Navy. Post is
requested to determine if the Royal Thai Navy ordered the
twenty (20) helmets listed below and if it has a business
relationship with either Aeromiltec or March Aviation. In its
reply, Post may also comment on any other information
pertinent to these transactions such as security of
facilities, end-use, and concerns about the entities involved.

5. (U) Details of license applications:

DTC Case: 050132445

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

10 SPH-4B Helicopter Helmets, Size: X-Large

10 SPH-4B Helicopter Helmets, Size: Regular

License Value: USD $13,600

SELLER:

Bender Aircraft Parts, Inc.
175 Pino Drive
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

FOREIGN INTERMEDIATE CONSIGNEE:

March Aviation Co, LTD
19/26 SOI Ladprao 126, Ladprao Road
Wangthonglang, Bangkok

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

Aeromiltec Ltd
P.O. Box 146
CH-4030 Basel Airport
Switzerland
Tel: 41 76 383 81 51

FOREIGN END-USER:

Royal Thai Navy
Thailand

PURPOSE:

For use by the Royal Thai Navy

6. (SBU) Submitted in support of the license application were
the following documents (PM/DTCC will fax documentation to
Posts upon request):

Purchase Order No. AMT-08-097 from March Aviation Co. Ltd
signed by Sirinart Anantapong dated 06/19/2008 (This document
appears to have been doctored)

Invoice issued on Aeromiltec letterhead to Bender Aircraft
dated 11/10/2008

NOTE: On both documents, the following is written:
"Transaction I.D. S22466"

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 Kyle M. Ballard, Phone:
202-663-1929; Email: BallardKM@state.gov; SIPRNET:
BallardKM@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://virtuallibrary.state.gov/
BlueLanternGuidebook2006%2520 final .pdf

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

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