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July 21, 2009 

DDTC Issues Policy Guidance Regarding Exports of ITAR Components Destined for Satellites Launched From India

Following yesterday's joint announcement that the U.S. and India signed a Technology Safeguards Agreement to permit civil or non-commercial satellites containing U.S. ITAR-controlled components on Indian space launch vehicles, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls today issued the following clarification and guidance:

For the purposes of this policy, “civil or non-commercial satellites” does not include commercial satellites (communications or otherwise). Commercial satellites will continue to be subject to a presumption of denial; hybrid commercial satellites containing non-commercial payloads will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Effective immediately as a result of this change in USG policy, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls is implementing the following additional documentation requirements on requests for the export or retransfer of USML Category XV satellites or components for incorporation into satellites destined for launch from India. The following information must be contained in the purpose block of the application or in the Supplementary Letter of Explanation document attached as supporting material:
  • Description of the satellite, to include satellite purpose, orbital inclination, and coverage area
  • Purchaser of the satellite
  • Manufacturer of the satellite
  • Anticipated launch vehicle and schedule
Applicants are advised export licenses for satellite components destined for launch from India may be subject to monitoring in accordance with Section 1516 of Public Law 105-261. (See 22 CFR 123.27 for additional information.)

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