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Unread post04 May 2021, 23:42

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Avweek story is paywalled. Anyone got a subscription?

So Honewell is paying a multi-million dollar fine for sending F-35 technical drawings to China (!!!) over a seven year period. I am just working through the initial details. Didn't see any mention of prison terms. How in the eph can you send technical drawings / data of the F-35 to China and no one goes to Club Fed (i.e. US federal prison)???

Honeywell Admits Sending F-35, F-22 Part Drawings To China
May 3, 2021
Honeywell has agreed to pay $13 million in fines and compliance costs after company officials sent multiple engineering and technical documents to China with details of multiple aircraft, including the Lockheed Martin F-35 and F-22, over a seven-year period, the U.S. State Department said May 3. The...

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Take an F-16, stir in A-7, dollop of F-117, gob of F-22, dash of F/A-18, sprinkle with AV-8B, stir well + bake. Whaddya get? F-35.
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Unread post04 May 2021, 23:54

Story is also at The Drive:

Honeywell Fined Millions Over Exporting Sensitive Info On F-22, F-35, And More To China (Updated)
By Joseph Trevithick May 3, 2021

The U.S. government and defense contractor Honeywell have reached a settlement over alleged violations of portions of the Arms Export Control Act, or AECA, and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, or ITAR. The matter at hand had to do with Honeywell's alleged unauthorized export of dozens of technical drawings relating to components of various aircraft, missiles, and tanks, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, the B-1B bomber, the Tomahawk cruise missile, and the M1A1 Abrams, to multiple countries, including China. American officials contend that some of the disclosures harmed national security, something that Honeywell denies.

The U.S. State Department announced the deal, in which Honeywell agreed to pay $13 million in civil penalties, among other things. Of that amount, the payment of $5 million was immediately suspended on the condition that the company put it toward "remedial compliance measures." In addition, the U.S. government chose not to pursue more serious action based on Honeywell "voluntarily" disclosing the exports that violated the AECA and ITAR, which the State Department also continues to describe as alleged as a result of the settlement.

"The settlement demonstrates the Department’s role in strengthening U.S. industry by protecting U.S.-origin defense articles, including technical data, from unauthorized exports," according to a press release from the State Department. "The settlement also highlights the importance of obtaining appropriate authorization from the Department for exporting controlled articles."

"Honeywell voluntarily disclosed to the Department the alleged violations that are resolved under this settlement. Honeywell also acknowledged the serious nature of the alleged violations, cooperated with the Department’s review, and instituted a number of compliance program improvements during the course of the Department’s review," according to that statement. "For these reasons, the Department has determined that it is not appropriate to administratively debar Honeywell at this time."

The charging document in the case, now made public through the State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, says that "Honeywell ultimately identified 71 ITAR-controlled drawings that between July 2011 and October 2015 it had exported without authorization," in a disclosure it voluntarily made in 2016. Two years later, the firm acknowledged a second set of unapproved exports "that were similar to the violations disclosed in the first voluntary disclosure," according to the State Department.

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A few notes. This is apparently an old story. But the settlement was just reached. Honeywell apparently voluntarily self-reported/disclosed the "inadvertent" (?wtf - how?) disclosures to the USG. Honeywell stated "no technical data vital to national security" (my paraphrase) was disclosed. But then they state in an updated press release that the company is "fully committed" blah blah blah to ITAR etc etc.

I'm not sure the full story is out. I'm kind of flabbergasted how these sorts of "technical" details would be disclosed to the Chinese (and other countries for that matter, but especially to China).
Take an F-16, stir in A-7, dollop of F-117, gob of F-22, dash of F/A-18, sprinkle with AV-8B, stir well + bake. Whaddya get? F-35.


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Unread post05 May 2021, 04:11

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Unread post05 May 2021, 05:38

Honeywell gets hit with $13M fine for defense export violations
04 May 2021 Joe Gould

"...The Charlotte [Honey... WELL WELL WELL!?], North Carolina-based company faced 34 charges involving drawings it shared with China, Taiwan, Canada and Ireland, according to the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs’ charging document.

The State Department alleged some of the transmissions harmed national security, which Honeywell acknowledges with the caveat that the technology involved “is commercially available throughout the world. No detailed manufacturing or engineering expertise was shared.”

All together, the materials pertained to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the B-1B Lancer long-range strategic bomber, the F-22 fighter, the C-130 transport aircraft, the A-7H Corsair aircraft, the A-10 Warthog aircraft, the Apache Longbow helicopter, the M1A1 Abrams tank, the tactical Tomahawk missile; the F/A-18 Hornet fighter, and the F135, F414, T55 and CTS800 turboshaft engines.

The State Department said it would not debar Honeywell because it voluntarily disclosed its alleged violations in compliance with the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations....

...Between 2011 and 2015, Honeywell allegedly used a file-sharing platform to inappropriately transmit engineering prints showing layouts, dimensions and geometries for manufacturing castings and finished parts for multiple aircraft, military electronics and gas turbine engines. Its first disclosure of violations to the government came in 2015.

“The U.S. Government reviewed copies of the 71 drawings and determined that exports to and retransfers in the PRC [People’s Republic of China] of drawings for certain parts and components for the engine platforms for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, B-1B Lancer Long-Range Strategic Bomber, and the F-22 Fighter Aircraft harmed U.S. national security,” the charging document read....

...In a statement, Honeywell said it has since taken steps to ensure there are no repeat incidents.

“Under an agreement reached with the State Department to resolve these issues, Honeywell will pay a fine, engage an external compliance officer to oversee the Consent Agreement for a minimum of 18 months, and will conduct an external audit of our compliance program,” Honeywell’s statement on the matter reads in part.

“Since Honeywell voluntarily self-reported these disclosures, we have taken several actions to ensure there are no repeat incidents. These actions included enhancing export security, investing in additional compliance personnel, and increasing compliance training.”"

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Unread post05 May 2021, 12:34

More about it here: the case revolves around CAD sharing platform DEXcenter, apparently accessible to the company branches around the world.

Honeywell Aerospace’s Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) organization sent
Request for Quotations (RFQs) to U.S. and foreign suppliers that contained
drawings of parts for which suppliers were asked to provide price quotations. ISC
personnel generally transfer drawings to suppliers through a file exchange platform
called DEXcenter. In December 2015, Honeywell initially disclosed to the
Department that it had identified multiple ITAR-controlled drawings that ISC
personnel had exported without authorization via DEXcenter to Taiwan and the
People’s Republic of China (PRC) in July 2015. By March 2017, based on an
internal investigation and additional analysis conducted at the Department’s
request, Honeywell ultimately identified 71 ITAR-controlled drawings that
between July 2011 and October 2015 it had exported without authorization via
DEXcenter to Canada, Ireland, the PRC, and Taiwan, 65 of which form the basis
of the alleged violations.

https://www.pmddtc.state.gov/sys_attach ... 11f54bcb42 (page 3)


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Unread post06 May 2021, 01:02

While bad, it really wasn't a big deal as it seems, as they drawings were for parts commerically available parts that common through out the world.
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Unread post06 May 2021, 19:34

Oh, my God. :doh:
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https://www.autoevolution.com/news/lock ... 60453.html
Lockheed Martin F-35 Fighter Gets Repair Center for Wheels and Brakes Overseas
2 May 2021 by Daniel Patrascu
Often seen as one of the most expensive military aircraft ever made, the Lockheed Martin F-35 presently flies in the service of some 15 national air forces. And in the case of such an expensive machine spread over such a large area, maintaining proper service operations could prove a nightmare.

In Europe, five nations have already deployed some 126 F-35s (that number is expected to grow to 450 over the next decade), and up until now servicing the airplanes’ parts that are most prone to wear and tear, namely the wheels and brakes, proved to be a nightmare at times.
That will no longer be the case, as a “dedicated repair, overhaul and maintenance facility” will be created by GKN Aerospace in the Netherlands. GKN will work with Honeywell, who will help with supplying the parts needed for repairs - that’s because Honeywell is responsible for some 100 of the bits of hardware that go into such a fighter jet.
In service since 2006, the F-35 is described by its maker as the most advanced fighter jet in the world. That moniker is somewhat inaccurate, as the machine is capable of doing much more than just dogfights in enemy airspace.

There are presently three types of F-35s, the A, B, and C. F-35A is designed to take off and land on conventional runways, and is deployed by the United States Air Force and most of the allied nations.
The F-35B is the one that can also land and take off vertically, and thus it is deployed by the United States Marine Corps. Some of them are also in the service of the Royal and Italian air forces. Last but not least comes the stealthy F-35C in the service of the U.S. Navy.
Depending on configuration, the airplane has a range between 1,035 and 1,367 miles (1,667 and 2,200 km).

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