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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Reason AK-47s Are Produced Worldwide

According to Larry Kahaner, author of AK-47:The Weapon That Changed The Face Of War, counterfeit production of AK-47s stems from the fact that the inventor of the AK-47 Mikhail Kalashnikov “never patented the rifle’s design – the thought had never occurred to him or anyone else under the Soviet regime.”

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