Blue Lantern Level 3: Pre-License End-Use Check, Venga Aerospace Systems, Inc., GC-052306

ID
06MONTREAL993
SUBJECT
Blue Lantern Level 3: Pre-License End-Use Check,
DATE
2006-09-17 11:11:00
CLASSIFICATION
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
ORIGIN
Consulate Montreal
TEXT
UNCLAS MONTREAL 000993 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR PM/DTC Blue Lantern Coordinator Rebecca Velerin

SENSITIVE

E.O. N/A 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC CA
SUBJECT: Blue Lantern Level 3: Pre-License End-Use Check,
Venga Aerospace Systems, Inc., GC-052306

REF: SECSTATE 134829

¶1. (SBU) Econoff contacted Venga Aerospace Systems, Inc. President Hirsh Kwinter on August 31 to verify the information requested (reftel). Venga Aerospace Systems has both aerospace and 3-D graphics divisions. Kwinter runs the company from his residence in Montreal. The company has no facilities; Kwinter manages Venga from his residence in Montreal. Kwinter confirmed that the company was preparing to procure the MK66 Hawk aircraft, and recommended that Post contact Kirby Duffy, the company head of business development, for further information on the transaction.

¶2. Econoff and Conoff spoke with Duffy on September 1. Duffy explained that the Hawk aircraft were being purchased to replace the Canadian Air Force CT-114 Aircraft currently being used by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds air demonstration squadron. The Snowbirds currently fly CT-114 Tutor aircraft, which had been used for many years as the standard pilot training aircraft of the Canadian Forces. In 2000, the rest of the Canadian Forces discontinued their use of this aircraft, and it has since become problematic to maintain those used by the Snowbirds. Venga is now assisting the Canadian Forces in procuring the Mk66 Hawk aircraft from Armasuisse as replacements for the Snowbirds existing jets.

¶3. Vengas only Aerospace customer is the Canadian Forces Snowbirds unit, based in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Venga has no facilities where the aircraft could be based or stored. The aircraft would be transferred directly to 15 Wing Moose Jaw, the Canadian Forces base in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

¶4. According to Duffy, Venga is aware of the restrictions on USML articles, and is in the process of requesting USG authorization for the re-transfer. Duffy is working with Robert Steinhauser, Counselor for Defense Procurement at the SWISS Embassy in Washington. (Phone 202-745-7950) Duffy can be reached at 519-342-4662. Venga representatives will be in Ottawa for related meetings with the SWISS and the Canadian Forces from September 25 to 27, and have indicated that they would be available to meet with USG officials if requested.

¶5. Since Venga does not operate any kind of commercial facility, Post did not conduct a site visit, per Econoffs September 1 discussion with PM/DTTC Tim Watkins.

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2011-04-28 00:12:00
STAMP
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