DESPITE EU EMBARGO, MYANMAR BUYS EUROPEAN AIRCRAFT

On 9th January, Frontier Myanmar reported on a display to mark the 71st anniversary of the air force.  Among the aircraft on display were 2 ATR 72-500 transports, produced under a joint venture by France’s Airbus and Italy’s Leonardo, and an AS 365 helicopter produced by Airbus Helicopters.  It says that although the aircraft types are both civilian in nature, the sale of these aircraft by a European company may constitute a breach of sanctions.  However, it says that most likely the aircraft are not new and were bought from within the region, as third parties outside the EU are unlikely to be covered by the restrictions unless there are broader UN sanctions in place.  The other 4 aircraft commissioned at the event were described as JF-17 fighter jets that were bought under a contract with Pakistan – the JF-17 was jointly developed by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) of China.

https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/despite-eu-embargo-tatmadaw-buys-european-aircraft

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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