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

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 STATE 102466

SIPDIS
BANGUI FOR DAVID G. WISNER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC CT PO
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: POST-SHIPMENT END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSE 05989685

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 post-shipment check on license 05989685 for the export of
one (1) International Traffic in Arms (ITAR)-controlled C-130
Hercules aircraft to the Central African Republic (CAR).
Post is requested to complete this Blue Lantern inquiry
within 45 days. Lack of response to a Blue Lantern inquiry
will affect pending and future licenses involving parties to
this license.

3. Reason for request: The Department possesses evidence that
the Government of the CAR has temporarily transferred its
C-130 to Ogma, a company in Portugal, for repair and
refurbishment purposes without obtaining prior approval from
the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) as required
per Part 123.9(c) of the ITAR.

4. ACTION: The Department requests that Post contact CAR
government officials in order to obtain the details
surrounding the re-export of the C-130 from CAR to Portugal.
Post is also requested to remind CAR government officials of
the restrictions on USML items, especially the prohibition
against unauthorized re-transfer and re-export.

The following points are included for guidance:

--Would the Government of the CAR please confirm if it
exported its C-130 to Ogma in Portugal?

--Did the Government of the CAR submit a re-export
authorization request to the Department of State, Directorate
Defense Trade Controls?

--What was the purpose of the export?

--When did the export occur?

--How did the export occur? Who was responsible for piloting
the aircraft to Portugal?

--When will the aircraft be returned to the CAR? Who will
pilot the return flight?

--Would the Government of the CAR please confirm if any other
entities have received C-130 parts for repair or
refurbishment?

--Does the Government of the CAR understand the restrictions
on USML items, especially the prohibition against
unauthorized re-transfer and re-export? Is the Government of
CAR aware that this rule applies to temporary re-exports, in
addition to permanent exports?

END ACTION.

5. Details of license application:

DTC CASE: 05989685

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

1 - Lockheed C-130 Hercules, Serial No. 550025, Reg. No.
N226LS, including four (4) engines, Model Allison T56-A-9D,
Serial Nos. AD00101139, AD100448, AD100608, AD00100257.

License Value: 5,600,000 USD

SELLER:

AeroMarine International
740 NW Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Tel: 910-246-0063
POC: Dan Bernado

FOREIGN END-USER:


STATE 00102466 002 OF 002


Government of the Central African Republic
Bangui
Central African Republic

PURPOSE:

Aircraft will be used for the transportation of Central
African Republic government officials and supplies.

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

--Department of State License for Permanent Export of
Unclassified Defense Articles and Related Unclassified
Technical Data, signed 25 January 2006, approved 3 February
2006.

7. 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 Meredith Sundlof. Phone:
202-663-3455; Email: SundlofME@state.gov; SIPRNET:
SundlofME@state.sgov.gov. The Blue Lantern Guidebook (ref)
is available as a PDF file at
http://www.intelink.sgov.gov/wiki/Blue Lantern End-Use
Monitoring Program.

8. Department is grateful for Post's assistance in this
matter.
CLINTON

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