143261 2/27/2008 14:09 08BUCHAREST155 Embassy Bucharest UNCLASSIFIED 08STATE10191 VZCZCXYZ0087 RR RUEHWEB DE RUEHBM #0155 0581409 ZNR UUUUU ZZH R 271409Z FEB 08 FM AMEMBASSY BUCHAREST TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 7957 INFO RUEHTV/AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV 2239 RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHINGTON DC RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC RHMFIUU/HQ BICE INTEL WASHINGTON DC UNCLAS BUCHAREST 000155
STATE FOR PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR
E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: ETTC, KOMC, RO SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: POST-SHIPMENT END-USE CHECK ON LICENSE 050056831
REF: STATE 10191
1. (U) This message is in response to reftel request for post-shipment check on license 050056831 concerning the export of helicopter spare parts to Romania. Mission directed the PM/DTCC inquiry to MOD Director General Dragos Ghercioiu who confirmed in writing that Elbit Systems did receive the nine-shipped AO 41266600M Front Panel items. As of 25 February, four of these were slotted for Multifunctional Display and delivered to IAR Brasov in support of the MOD's Puma upgrade program.
2. (U) FYI: Elbit Systems has an office in Bucharest; the General Manager is former Romanian Minister of Defense Constantin Ionescu. Elbit has a long-standing relationship with the Romanian government to do upgrades for both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. The avionic upgrades for Romania's aging MiG-21 fleet were performed by Elbit, for example. The IAR 330 (SOCAT) Pumas have also been undergoing their own upgrades. A detailed profile of IAR Brasov can be found in Bucharest 1461; DTG 191143Z SEP 06.)
3. (U) 4. For further information please contact POLMILOFF Chris Ellis, Tel. 40-21-200-3425 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org (unclass). TAUBMAN