National security update: counterfeit military products continue to come in from China
We previously reported on counterfeit military products from China.
Apparently nothing has changed, though. Bloomberg News reports that China's government has failed to curb manufacturing of counterfeit military electronic parts by Chinese companies. These counterfeits are the "dominant source" of fakes in the U.S. defense supply chain, according to a Senate investigation.
Despite a previous report on the problem, the Senate committee said it found "overwhelming and undeniable evidence to support" the conclusion that China hasn't taken steps to stop operations "that are carried out openly in that country":
The U.S. Air Force suspended in January a Shenzhen, China- based company from supplying parts to U.S. contractors after it sold about 84,000 suspect components, many of them installed on U.S. aircraft, according to an example cited in the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee report released yesterday.
The panel's report outlines the results of a 14-month investigation disclosing dozens of examples of suspected counterfeit electronic parts. Saying U.S. companies and the military services didn't crack down on abuses, the committee said the defense industry "routinely failed to report cases of suspect counterfeit parts, putting the integrity of the supply chain at risk."
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