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China’s material secretly inserted in the engine of F-35 jets, angry Pentagon stopped supply

Washington. The US Defense Department’s Pentagon has halted supplies of new F-35 jets after it learned that the magnets used in the fighter jet’s engines were made from unapproved materials imported from China. Then it was secretly installed in America’s most advanced fighter jet. Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the aircraft, found that part of the material used in the jet’s engine was made in China. The Defense Department and the company have told this news to be true.

According to a news of news agency ANI, angered by not following the rules properly, the Pentagon has temporarily stopped the supply of F-35 jets. The Defense Contract Management Agency told the F-35 Joint Program Office on August 19 that the alloy used in the magnets in the F-35’s turbomachine pumps was produced in China. Office spokesman Russell Gomere said in a statement that The Program Office temporarily halted the supply of the F-35 aircraft to ensure the F-35 program’s compliance with the Defense Regulations on Special Metals. Both the Pentagon and Lockheed said that going forward an alternative source for the alloy would be used in the turbomachines.

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Lockheed manufactures the F-35 aircraft, while the Honeywell company produces the turbomachines. In late August, Honeywell was told by one of its suppliers that they were using an alloy sourced from China for the turbomachine, which was then magnetized in the US. While clarifying in a statement, it has been said that there is no harm from the magnet made of China’s alloy. Information about sensitive defense programs cannot be obtained from this magnet in any way. The F-35 Joint Program Office also said that these items will not affect the flight of the fifth generation fighter aircraft F-35 already in service.

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