Viewing cable 05VILNIUS1346
Title: GOL REQUESTS USG INPUT ON HELICOPTER TRAINING FOR

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05VILNIUS13462005-12-29 14:57:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 001346 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/NB AND ISN/CATR MMITCHELL 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/28/2015 
TAGS: PARM PREL ETTC MCAP IR RS LH
SUBJECT: GOL REQUESTS USG INPUT ON HELICOPTER TRAINING FOR 
IRANIANS 
 
Classified By: Political/Economic Officer Alexander Titolo for reasons 
1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1.  (U) This is a short-fuse action request; see para 6.  We 
need input from Washington by OOB January 5. 
 
¶2.  (C) Summary: The GOL is currently considering approval of 
a contract for a Lithuanian firm to broker a deal for its 
Russian partner to provide training to Iranian helicopter 
pilots.  The MFA approached us December 21 with a request 
that the USG provide input on this deal.  Many key details 
are unavailable, including the identity of the pilots.  The 
final decision lies with the Ministry of Economy's licensing 
division.  All other relevant GOL Ministries must submit 
their views on this matter by January 6.  End Summary. 
 
¶3.  (C) Martynas Lukosevicius, of the MFA's Arms Control, 
Non-Proliferation, and Disarmament Division, requested a 
meeting December 21 to brief us on the details of a license 
request submitted by the firm Avia Baltika.  The company, 
brokers deals for helicopter training done by the Russian 
firm SPARC (Saint Petersburg Aircraft Repair Company) JSC. 
This training takes place at JSC SPARC's facility in Russia. 
The firm is infamous here due to its prior dealings with the 
Sudanese government and involvement in scandals that 
contributed to the impeachment and removal from office of 
then-President Rolandas Paksas. 
 
¶4.  (C) The prospective client is the Iranian firm Balgardan 
Qeshm.  Address: No. 9 East Farjam Ave., Building No. 375, 
2nd floor, Tehran, Iran.  Phone:  98 21 77294839.  Fax:  98 
21 77292578. 
 
¶5.  (C) The focus of the classroom and simulator training is 
on flying MI-171 helicopters in extreme situations and 
emergencies.  Lukosevicius had no further details on the 
Iranian firm or who the participants will be, but on December 
29 he was able to provide a copy of the contract, which 
details the training program and costs.  We will submit this 
via CLASS e-mail to Department. 
 
¶6.  (C) COMMENT AND ACTION REQUEST: The MFA understands that 
this is likely to set off alarms in Washington, and wants to 
make sure we have a chance to affect the internal GOL 
discussion.  To do so, we need to act quickly.  We request 
Department provide any information releasable to the GOL that 
will complement their efforts. 
KELLY