Components from China, Pentagon suspends deliveries of F-35 fighter jets

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The Pentagon has suspended the delivery of F-35 fighters after the discovery of Chinese components. photo/illustration

Washington – The Pentagon has temporarily halted deliveries of F-35 fighter jets after advanced aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin discovered that the metal components used in the jet’s engines came from China.

The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) informed the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) on August 19 that the alloy material used in the magnets contained in the turbo engine pump of the F-35 fighter jet came from China. Lockheed Martin built the entire aircraft, but the turbo engines were manufactured by Honeywell.

The Joint Program Office said the discovery did not affect the flight operations of the F-35 fighter jets already in service.

“We have confirmed that magnets do not transmit information or compromise the integrity of the aircraft and that there are no performance, quality, safety or security risks associated with this issue and that flight operations for the F-35 fleet in service will be carried out at all times.” Kind will continue,” a spokesperson for the Program Office said. United F-35 Russell Gomere in a statement.

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“Defense contractors voluntarily share information with DCMA and JPO after problems are detected and they have found alternative sources of alloy materials to be used in future turbo engines,” Goemre said. politicianThursday (8/9/2022).

The turbo engine integrates an auxiliary power unit and an air cycle engine into a single piece of equipment. It provides electrical power for ground maintenance, main engine start and emergency power, and also provides compressed air for the thermal management system during ground maintenance.

“Honeywell is committed to supplying high quality products that meet or exceed all customer contractual requirements,” company spokesman Adam Kress said in a statement.

“We are working closely with DoD and Lockheed Martin to ensure that we continue to achieve these commitments on the products that Honeywell supplies for use on the F-35.”

The F-35 fighter jet is flown by the United States Air Force (US), Navy and Marine Corps, along with 10 other countries.

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