“Use raw materials from China”… US Department of Defense “Temporarily suspend delivery of F35 fighter” | Joongang Ilbo |


ⓒ JoongAng Ilbo / JoongAng Ilbo Japanese version2022.09.08 12:04

It turned out that the US government had temporarily suspended delivery of the F35 stealth fighter because of a component using Chinese raw materials. It was pointed out that ammunition supplies are very sensitive to “made in China”, even if it has nothing to do with flight safety or information leaks.

According to Bloomberg News on the 8th (local time), the Pentagon has temporarily suspended delivery of the F-35 over whether Lockheed Martin, which manufactures the F-35, has violated the Defense Acquisition Regulations (DFARS) relating to special metals. interrupted,” he said.

The part in question was a magnet used in a device called a “turbomachine pump”, which provides engine starting and emergency power, and was investigated in August. The reason is that Honeywell, the subcontractor that supplied the magnets to Lockheed Martin, used a special alloy purchased in China.

According to current laws and regulations, companies supplying equipment to the US military cannot use special metals and alloys produced in China, North Korea, Russia, Iran, etc.

However, the US Department of Defense said: “This magnet does not present any element of security risk, such as transmitting (aircraft-related) information to the outside, and does not affect performance, safety or the quality of fighter planes”. The suspension of the handover “should not interfere with the operations of F-35 fighter jets handed over to the U.S. military and its allies and partners.”

The South Korean Air Force has introduced and operates 40 F-35As. In addition, from next year to 2028, we will continue the second FX (next generation fighter) project to introduce approximately 20 more aircraft.

Faced with this situation, Lockheed Martin takes the position of securing spare parts that are not made in China and “solving the problem as soon as possible”.

Some have pointed out that South Korean companies, whose arms exports have recently increased, should pay attention to these US measures. Yang Wook, associate researcher at the Asan Institute for Policy Research, said: “In order to enter the largest arms market in the world, the US ammunition market, we must not neglect any of these raw materials. this case.”

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