AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
WASHINGTON: More than a million Chinese counterfeit electronic parts are estimated to be in use in US military aircraft, according to a US Senate report released yesterday saying the discovery jeopardises safety and national security.
The Senate Armed Services Committee said its year-long investigation launched by Democratic chairman Carl Levin and ranking Republican John McCain uncovered 1,800 cases of bogus parts, including on the US Air Force’s largest cargo plane, special operations helicopters and Navy surveillance planes. The 112-page report ‘outlines how this flood of counterfeit parts, overwhelmingly from China, threatens national security, the safety of our troops and American jobs’, Levin said. “It underscores China’s failure to police the blatant market in counterfeit parts — a failure China should rectify.”
The report also said the Chinese government denied visas to committee staff to travel to the Asian giant as part of the committee’s probe, with a Chinese embassy official saying the issue was sensitive and that a negative report could end up ‘damaging’ US-China relations.