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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Broker Inquiry K -2547

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TAGS: ETTC KOMC CO
SUBJECT: Blue Lantern Broker Inquiry K -2547

REF: STATE 99489

1. (SBU) Summary. Per reftel, Emboffs visited Vertical de Aviacion
Ltda on November 9 to verify the bona fides of the company as a
broker to import items from the United States Munitions List.
Representatives from Vertical de Aviacion stated that they are
interested in importing night vision devices (NVDs) for use on
military and police aircraft. Vertical de Aviacion is entitled to
import such items by the government of Colombia, its primary
client, but has yet to do so. End Summary.


2. (SBU) Juan Carlos Lozano Uribe, Vice President of Vertical de
Aviacion met Emboffs at the company's large restricted-access
hangar at the El Dorado airport in Bogota. The company employs
approximately 400 people, and consists of five aviation companies,
ranging from fixed-wing maintenance to maintenance of Russian
aircraft, to flight simulation training and operations. Their
clients include the Colombian military, national energy companies,
and foreign governments including Peru, Ecuador and Mexico. Lozano
also mentioned that the company had a maintenance contract
providing overhauls of Russian aircraft with a civilian search and
rescue agency of the government of Venezuela, but had not worked
with them for the past year. Lozano believes that the company is
the largest in the region that does maintenance on Russian
aircraft. Vertical de Aviacion also has a transportation services
contract with the U.S. military at Post, and provides services as a
subcontractor to the U.S. military in Afghanistan. During the
visit, Emboffs observed Colombian military personnel and Vertical
deAviacion technicians working on and inspecting aircraft in the
company's hangar. The security and organizational measures in
place at the hangar appeared adequate.


3. Lozano confirmed that the license solicited by Vertical de
Aviacion would pertain only to Colombian government contracts.
Lozano stated that the company had not yet identified the U.S.
companies that it would import from, but said that they hoped to
position themselves to import, install, and provide services on
radars and night vision systems such as FLIR for Colombian
government aircraft.
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