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05ATHENS571
2005-02-28 15:12:00
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Embassy Athens
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BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: CHECK ON GREEK COMPANY

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						UNCLAS ATHENS 000571 

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC GR
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: CHECK ON GREEK COMPANY
"THEON SENSORS"

REF: STATE 26771

UNCLAS ATHENS 000571

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC GR
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: CHECK ON GREEK COMPANY
"THEON SENSORS"

REF: STATE 26771


1. (U) Reftel requests post to conduct appropriate inquiries
with company officials at Theon Sensors. Theon Sensors is a
familiar name within the Hellenic and U.S. Defense community.
It was established in 1997 by the EFA Ltd. group of
companies as a designer, manufacturer, and integrator of
military night vision viewers and sights. EFA is a defense
representation firm associated with firms including
Lockheed-Martin, Raytheon, L3 Communications, General
Electric Aircraft Engines, Kollsman, and BF Goodrich. Theon
Sensors has approximately 30 employees and is run by Dr. Eng.
Thomas Dakos and Mr. Nickolas Papatsas, whom report to EFA
Ltd. owner Mr. Christian Hatjiminas.


2. (U) Theon Systems sells its night vision equipment to the
Hellenic Armed Forces and to other allied nations including
Australia, the Netherlands, and Spain. It uses 18/25 mm
Generation II and III Image Intensifiers imported to Greece
from ITT Industries in Roanoke, VA. Theon Sensors installs
the Image Intensifiers (tubes) imported from the U.S. into
its Driver's Night Vision Viewers and Weapon Sights.
Sixty-five percent of the components used to produce a viewer
are imported from the U.S. Upon request, Theon Sensors
presented applicable USG export license documentation, which
indicated that all USG export license requirements are met.
Theon Sensors keeps accurate records of all transactions
regarding the required export authorizations, end-user
certificates, and tube logs with serial numbers received and
sold. The NATO-certified manufacturing facility is in a
modern, secure, and well-maintained building.


3. (U) For further information, please contact Cathleen
Carothers, Econ Section, at 30-210-720-2309 or
carothersce@state.gov; or Anthony J. Vrailes, ODC, at
30-210-720-2628 or vrailes@odc.gr.
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