23 May '12, 1am

Flood of fake Chinese parts in US military gear

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Fake electronic parts are widespread in key United States (US) military systems and threaten national security, with China the top source for bogus gear, a US Senate investigation has concluded. The year-long probe by the Senate Armed Services Committee found counterfeit electronic parts from China in the Air Force's C-130J cargo plane, in assemblies for Special Operations helicopters and in the Navy's Poseidon surveillance plane, the panel said in its report released on Monday. The investigation found 1,800 incidents of bogus parts in the Department of Defence supply chain in 2009 and 2010. The total number of suspected fake parts in those cases topped 1 million, it said. 'The failure of a single electronic part can leave a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine vulnerable at the worst possible time,' the report said. Please enable JavaScript to view the...

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