By Government Contracts Editorial Staff
The Department of State has issued a final rule amending the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and a notification of temporary modification. The rule amends United States Munitions List (ITAR 121.1) Category XI, which covers military electronics. The rule applies to electronic systems, equipment or software specially designed for intelligence purposes that collect, survey, monitor, or exploit, or analyze and produce information from, the electromagnetic spectrum (regardless of transmission medium), or for counteracting such activities. A note states that Category XI does not control transmit/receive modules, transmit/receive monolithic microwave integrated circuits, transmit modules, or transmit MMICs that incorporate or are MMICs fabricated exclusively with homojunction complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor silicon-based circuits on silicon substrates, or radars and radar. The rule removes items that do not warrant continued inclusion, and, pursuant to ITAR 126.2, and in the interest of national security, temporarily modifies USML Category XI paragraph (b). The rule went into effect August 30, 2019, except amendatory instruction 3, which goes into effect August 30, 2021. The Department determined a temporary revision is necessary while a long-term solution is developed. For the text of the rule, see ¶70,445.127.
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