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New Export Licence Requirement for Microwave and Millimetre Wave Components Used in Radar Systems

The Bureau of Industry and Security has issued a final rule that, effective 9 February, imposes a licence requirement on exports and re-exports to all destinations other than Canada of two types of microwave and millimetre wave electronic components that have uses in military radar systems as well as in civilian radar and telecommunications systems. This requirement, established via new Export Control Classification Number 3A982, applies to packaged high electron mobility transistors and packaged microwave “monolithic integrated circuits” power amplifiers that meet certain criteria with respect to frequency range, size and output power. Paragraph 3A982.a within that ECCN covers packaged HEMTs with physical dimensions less than 43 millimetres per side, rated for operation at frequencies from 2.7 GHz up to and including 3.2 GHz and having either an average output power equal to or greater than 48 W (46.8 dBm); or a pulsed output power equal to or greater than 240 W (53.8 dBm) and a duty cycle of 20 percent or more. Paragraph 3A982.b covers packaged MMIC power amplifiers with physical dimensions less than 43 mm per side, rated for operation at frequencies from 2.7 GHz up to and including 3.2 GHz and having either an average output power equal to or greater than 15W (41.7 dBm); or a pulsed output power equal to or greater than 75 W (48.75 dBm) and a duty cycle of 20 percent or more. BIS is also revising licence exception STA to preclude its use for any export, re-export or transfer of items in new ECCN 3A982.b.

The U.S. government plans to submit this year a proposal for adding these components to the Dual-Use List of the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies.