,news nation) – Lockheed Martin has eight completed F-35 fighter jets with no date of delivery. That’s because the Pentagon discovered a magnet in the engine of an aircraft from China, raising security concerns.
The Pentagon has halted all shipments until contractors can confirm that no other materials were imported from China. A Pentagon spokesperson confirmed that the magnet will not transmit information, and there is zero risk involved.
In the meantime, Lockheed Martin plans to take a more in-depth look at its supply chain to learn how unauthorized magnet wound is being used.
Former F-22 pilot Dan Walker joined NewsNation’s “Rush Hour” on Thursday and discussed the situation. He adds that a scenario where the Defense Department could land an entire fleet of F-35s is not as big a deal as it sounds.
“It sounds like this big, hairy scary issue to get an entire fleet off the ground, but the Department of Defense has done this so many times,” Walker said. “My plane, the F-22, took off more than a year ago I think, when we were having some oxygen issues, and again, it’s all about minimizing risk and protecting pilots’ lives. , either in a training environment like the one we were in the F-22, or potentially supply chain issues like that that could cause more problems down the road.”
Walker believes the Pentagon made the right call by stopping shipments.
“Everything is absorbent. Everything is hackable. Everything is detectable. So I think they are taking the right measure by dismissing it,” Walker said.
Greg Ulmer, executive vice president of aeronautics at Lockheed Martin, told defense news The company continues to manufacture the F-35 while it awaits DOD to resume deliveries.