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

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PRETORIA FOR MADELINE SEIDENSTRICKER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC SF
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: POST-SHIPMENT END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSE 050174483

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 050174483 for
the export of one (1) International Traffic in Arms
(ITAR)-controlled Bell UH-1H helicopter to South Africa.
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: Foreign end-user is a non-military
entity; verify compliance with Proviso 1 of the license
approval.

4. ACTION: The Department requests that Post confirm that the
foreign end-user, Leading Edge Aviation, is in continued
possession of the aircraft and that it is being used for the
purpose stated on the license application. Post is also asked
to verify that the subject helicopter is not militarily
configured and that all fixed hard-points have been removed,
as was required prior to export of the aircraft per Proviso 1
(see para 4) of the license approval.

END ACTION.

5. Details of license application:

DTC CASE: 050174483

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

1 - Bell UH-1H Helicopter, used condition

License Value: 850,000.00 USD

(COMMENT: According to US Customs data, the helicopter was
exported on 9 July 2009. END COMMENT)

SELLER:

Billings Flying Services Inc.
6309 Jellison Road
Billings, MT 59101
Tel: 406-252-6937
POC: Gerhart Blain

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

Leading Edge Aviation CC
Hangar A-1 Nelspruit Municipal Airport
Nelspruit 1200
South Africa
Tel: 013-741-3654
POC: Charmaine Jackson
Email: jackson@soft.co.za

FOREIGN END-USER:

Leading Edge Aviation CC
Hangar A-1 Nelspruit Municipal Airport
Nelspruit 1200
South Africa
Tel: 013-741-3654
POC: Charmaine Jackson
Email: jackson@soft.co.za

PURPOSE:

Leading Edge Aviation intends to use this helicopter for
fighting forest fires in South Africa.

6. Submitted in support of license application 050183769 were
the following documents (PM/DTCC will fax documentation to
Post upon request):

--Purchase Order from Leading Edge Aviation, dated 3 June
2009.

--Non-Transfer and Use Certificate (DSP-83), signed by Mark
Arthur Jackson of Leading Edge Aviation and M.M. Mogotsi,
Deputy Director: HPU, Office of the Defense Secretary, dated
11 June 2009.

--Department of State License for Permanent Export of
Unclassified Defense Articles and Related Unclassified
Technical Data, signed 11 June 2009, approved 6 July 2009.

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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