Sunday, September 11, 2022

Lockheed Martin Whoopsie!

The CNN headline makes it sound worse than it is, though...
Pentagon halts deliveries of F-35 fighter jets after discovering a component manufactured in China
It would be easy to read that and imagine that some contractor installed, I dunno, Huawei-made self-destruct chips or anti-stealth RF transmitters in one of their subassemblies, but that's not the case.
The Pentagon says it's temporarily stopping deliveries of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 aircraft after learning from the manufacturer an alloy made in China was in a component of the stealth fighter jet, violating federal defense acquisition rules.

The Pentagon said a magnet containing the alloy used in part of the integrated power package posed no security issue.
This isn't completely surprising, since China is huge in the rare-earths industry, which means the stuff magnets are made of. 

We only want American (or, I guess, allied nation) dirt in our jet fighter magnets, though, for what should be obvious reasons.