Fake Electronic Parts Sold to the U.S. Military in 2011

A United States Senate investigation in 2011 found about 1,800 incidents of counterfeit electronic parts being sold to the U.S. military. The incidents involved over 1 million counterfeit parts.70 percent of the counterfeit items were traced back to China.

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Increase in Fake Parts Purchased by US Military Between 2005 to 2008

According to a statement by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, the number of counterfeit electronics used by the military increased by 250 percent between 2005 and 2008. In 2010, the United States Navy alone purchased 59,000 counterfeit microchips for missiles, transponders and other military equipment that originated from China.

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Seizures of Counterfeit Components by US Customs in FY2009

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized $4 Million worth of counterfeit electronic components in Fiscal Year 2009. The counterfeited products were considered critical components used for defense systems and aircraft system, according to a press release by the Aerospace Industries Association.

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Deaths From Fake Aircraft Parts in US History

Between May 1973 and April 1996, the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) identified 174 aircraft crashes or less serious accidents in the United States due to unauthorized aircraft parts that included counterfeited products. Although none involved a major commercial airline, the accidents caused 17 deaths and 39 injuries.

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Faket Spaceship Parts and Supplies Are a Problem for NASA

The acting administrator of NASA told Congress that counterfeit parts ending up on spaceships are part of the reason why costs has spiraled out of control. Christopher Scolese stated that NASA has been dealing with the issue of counterfeit parts “for years” and that the problem has been growing over the years. He highlighted one incident where a counterfeit part was found on the Kepler spacecraft, an unmanned probe that is to explore the Milky Way Galaxy.

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