US assures weapon quality after reports of fake parts
CNATAIPEI--The United States has assured Taiwan of the quality of weapons it sells to other countries, weeks after a U.S. Senate report found that the use of bogus Chinese electronic parts in American military equipment was widespread, Taiwan's military said Sunday.
June 25, 2012, 12:08 am TWN
In a recent reply to Taiwan's inquiry on the issue, the U.S. said it has also taken measures to prevent counterfeit parts from making their way to its defense supply chain, the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement.
These include tightening quality control measures and requiring weapons manufacturers to have identification marks on their products, the statement said.
“(These will) ensure that the quality and functions of U.S.-made weaponry sold to other countries are the same as those of the weapons used by the U.S. army,” the statement said.
The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee published a report on May 21 on counterfeit electronic parts in America's defense supply chain, which concluded that many counterfeit electronic parts from China had found their way into U.S.-made military equipment.