Pentagon halts deliveries of F-35 fighter jets after discovering parts made in China

The Department of Defense said magnets containing alloys used as part of the integrated power package do not pose a security concern.

“We have confirmed that the magnets do not transmit information or compromise the integrity of the aircraft, and there are no performance, quality, safety, or security risks associated with this issue, and the F-35 in operation. The fleet’s flight operations will continue, and that is normal,” said Pentagon spokesperson Ras Gemaere.

The Pentagon said Lockheed Martin has already identified alternative sources of the alloy for future deliveries.

The company has voluntarily reported the violation and an investigation is underway to determine how it occurred. The Pentagon has not disclosed how many aircraft are currently delayed or had Chinese alloys. The company says he plans to deliver up to 153 F-35s in 2022, and so far he has delivered 88.

The F-35 is one of the world’s most advanced fighter jets. The United States operates hundreds of jets, with his three configurations of conventional take-off and landing F-35As flown by the Air Force. A Marine Corps F-35B capable of vertical landing. An F-35C configured for carrier operations.

“We work with our partners and the Department of Defense to ensure contract compliance within our supply chain. Magnet has no visibility or access to classified program information.F-35s fly safely. We are working with the Department of Defense to resolve the issue and will resume deliveries as soon as possible,” Lockheed Martin said in a statement. This alloy is used in systems manufactured by Honeywell for Lockheed and his Martins.


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