BIS Conducting Foreign Availability Assessment of Uncooled Thermal Imaging Cameras
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced in today's Federal Register that it is initiating a foreign availability assessment of uncooled thermal imaging cameras incorporating microbolometer focal plane arrays in China.
These specialized cameras are controlled for national security reasons under Export Control Commodity Classification Number (ECCN) 6A003.b.4.b on the Commerce Control List.
BIS's Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee (SITAC) has indicated that these cameras are available in China in sufficient quantities to render the U.S. export control of the cameras ineffective.
Public comments on this foreign availability assessment are due on September 17, 2008.