The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is the United States regulation that controls the manufacture, sale, and distribution of defense and space-related articles and services as defined in the United States Munitions List.
Violating ITAR is serious business. Photonis Defense’s night vision devices help give our warfighters and law enforcement professionals an advantage in the battlefield, keeping our borders secure, and our communities safe. We ask that our customers help us safeguard this technology by owning and using it responsibly.
Below is some basic information about our ITAR policy and information about exporting and traveling with your night vision device. If you have more questions or would like to discuss something specific please don’t hesitate to contact us.
What is Photonis Defense’s ITAR Policy?
PD-PRO night vision systems are controlled by the U.S. Department of State under International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Upon receipt of these items through purchase, loan or gift the receiver agrees that he/she will not sell, resell, divert, export, reexport, transfer, trans-ship or other wise dispose of the item(s) to or in any other country outside the United States without securing a properly executed export license or agreement from the appropriate U.S. governmental agency.
The above is also extended to the receiver of ITAR-controlled material, who may make the same material available to a Foreign Person (within or outside the United States). This material can include the technical data, technology, or manufacturing know-how to allow Foreign Persons to access such items.
Can I export night vision?
In order to export night vision you would need approval from the U.S. Department of State. If an individual would do so, without approval from the U.S. Department of State, it would be considered a federal offense with punishment that can include fines and time in a U.S. Federal Penitentiary. Night vision devices are highly sensitive items and the distribution of them is tightly and heavily enforced since it falls under International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR).
Can I travel out of the country with my night vision device?
Export of night vision devices is illegal under ITAR without prior written approval from the U.S. Department of State. This includes travel which means you cannot take a night vision device with you if you leave the country. It is a violation of ITAR to transfer a night vision device out of the country by plane (checked or carry-on luggage) train, boat, or automobile. This policy applies to all civilian and law enforcement personnel.