The Canadian government is ignoring U.S. warnings that a flood of bogus military parts from China has been discovered in American-made fighter jets, transport planes, missiles and other weapons, potentially putting the lives of Armed Forces personnel at risk.
A 14-month U.S. Congressional investigation uncovered 1,800 cases of counterfeit electronic components for American military equipment, in total involving over one million bogus parts.
Investigators discovered fake electronic components in all kinds of military equipment, including: targeting systems for helicopter-launched hellfire missiles; instrument panels of military cargo planes; mission computers for interceptor rockets and in crucial ice-detection sensors for naval patrol aircraft.
The investigation reported a failure of the fake parts could have caused missiles to go haywire, or left military transport pilots staring at blank instrument panels in mid-flight.
The Canadian military recently bought 17 of the same Hercules transport planes.
The probe by the powerful U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee found the bogus parts are typically from discarded computers and other electronic trash being recycled in China, and have high failure rates with potentially "catastrophic" results.
Julian Fantino, Canada's associate defence minister, shrugs off the U.S. alarm bells.
"At this point in time, other than continuing to be vigilant, we don't have any particular concerns in this country," Fantino tells CBC News.
Fantino's reaction is puzzling defence experts who say the Canadian military has to be equally at risk of bogus parts getting into critical equipment.
They point out Canada buys a majority of its military equipment, spare parts and other gear from the same American defence contractors used by the U.S. military, many of which are cited in the congressional investigation.More at link
Makes one wonder why we aren't taking this warning seriously....