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US waived laws banning the China-made parts on weapons

The US Defense Department has waived laws that ban the use of Chinese-made components on US weapons, including on Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets.


Chief US arms buyer Frank Kendall allowed two F-35 suppliers to use Chinese magnets for the new warplane's radar system, landing gears and other hardware, according to Pentagon documents reviewed by Reuters.

Without the waivers Northrop Grumman and Honeywell International could have faced sanctions for violating federal law, and production of F-35 jets could have faced further delays, Reuters said.

"It was a pretty big deal and an unusual situation because there's a prohibition on doing defense work in China, even if it's inadvertent," said Frank Kenlon, who recently retired as a senior Pentagon procurement official. "I'd never seen this happen before."

The Pentagon documents show that the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, is examining three such cases involving the F-35.

The report comes as US officials have voiced concern about China's espionage and military buildup. US lawmakers are worried that US weapons system may become dependent on parts made by a potential adversary.

Production of the F-35 fighter jet, the US military's next generation fighter, has been plagued by technical problems, cost overruns and delays.

At a cost of $392 billion, the F-35 program is the most expensive arms program in history and 70 percent over initial cost estimates.

A report released in 2013 stated that flaws in the F-35's fuel tank and fueldraulic systems have left it even more vulnerable to lightning strikes and other fire sources including enemy fire than previously estimated, especially when operating at lower altitudes.


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Post time 2014-1-6 07:40:14 |Display all floors
Why is China selling components to the US to be used in weapons that could be used against China?

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Post time 2014-1-7 08:32:09 |Display all floors
It's said that can save money and time .....

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magnetic1974 Post time: 2014-1-6 10:08
There is no longer made USA now days, because the labor cost over there is so high and besides tha ...
and others that can't says no to US.


how to say NO,
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It takes about 40 muscles to smile, but only 4 to pull the trigger of a decent rifle

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greedy-hyenas Post time: 2014-1-6 07:40
Why is China selling components to the US to be used in weapons that could be used against China?

GREED

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magnetic1974 Post time: 2014-1-5 17:08
There is no longer made USA now days, because the labor cost over there is so high and besides tha ...




A program that already reached USD 392 billion?  Christ! Who in the hell can afford that unless it is something that's force fed down their throats! Alternatively however, and do bear in mind this: using Chinese parts enables Lockheed Martin to a) shift blame if the bugs as we know it today is impossible to be worked out and, b) the developer of the aircraft can always, covertly and under extreme secrecy, hire expertist from Chengdu and or Xian @dirt cheap to out bid the compensation pakage engineers at Lockheed Martin are demanding of the company to work the bugs out it and, c) doing it with Chinese parts will, eventually, and probably, enable it to bring the unit cost down to a more earthly and competive level, a level that can compete with the J-31 over that of the estimated cost of USD $250 million per pop the last I heard...

Putin's a killer. This was the claim made by Fox News journalist; Bill O'Reilly during his recent interview with Donald Trump. Trump's reply came in the form of a simple question. What, you think our country's so innocent?

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