DAILY NEWS Jan 11, 2013 9:39 AM - 2 comments

Canadian military transport planes flying with fake electronic parts

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By: The Canadian Press

National Defence says counterfeit parts in the cockpit displays of the air force's new C-130J Hercules transport planes do not pose a flight safety hazard, but will be replaced as necessary.

A CBC News investigation found that the reprocessed electronic chips made in China could cause the screens to blank out and leave pilots with blank instrument panels in mid-flight. The public broadcaster says the department has known about the bogus parts since at least July last year.

After a 14-month investigation, the powerful U.S. Senate armed services committee concluded last year that the counterfeit chips in the Hercules transports and other American-made military equipment are prone to failure with potentially "catastrophic consequences." Failure of the parts could leave military pilots flying blind with no information on altitude, speed, location, fuel supply, engine performance or even warning messages.

But a spokeswoman for National Defence says that the U.S. manufacturer has not reported failures of the cockpit display units in any aircraft around the world. Kim Tullipan said in an email that Lockheed Martin has determined there are no safety concerns and no operational limitations. The parts will be monitored, tested and any non-compliant components will be removed during future maintenance periods at no cost to Canada, she added. The CBC investigation notes that former associate defence minister Julian Fantino publicly denied last spring that there were fake parts in Canadian aircraft.

"At this point in time, other than continuing to be vigilant, we don't have any particular concerns in this country," Fantino told the CBC. But internal memos, unearthed for a documentary, contradict his statements. "Suspect counterfeit parts have been identified by the original equipment manufacturer Lockheed Martin, as being present on several aircraft in their worldwide fleet, including some of Canada's C-130J aircraft."

The memo says the bogus parts are microchips located in the Hercules cockpit displays, and indicates the components would be replaced during future routine maintenance of the aircraft "at no cost to Canada."

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In 2009 I received the H1N1 shot (AREPANRIX by GSK GlaxoSmithKline) and had a severe adverse reaction to the vaccine. The CF advised “I confirm that you did receive the H1N1 vaccine on 18 Nov 2009 and as a results suffered an adverse reaction comprised of multiple complex symptoms (neurological, cardiac, respiratory, and gastrointestinal)” which include: dizziness, vertigo, irregular heart rhythms, shortness of breath, muscle weakness and pain, and numbness in hands and feet. The Department of National Defence (DND) paid for immediate access to private clinics such as Medical Imaging Consultants to expedite testing which included Chest X rays (requested 8 Dec 2009, performed 9 Dec 2009), Fluoro scan (performed 26 Jan 2010), Chest Xray (performed 27 Jan 2010), MRI (requested 3 Mar 2010, performed 5 Mar 2010), a referral to a Neurologist at the University of Alberta Hospital (requested 16 Mar 2010, performed 22 Mar 2010), Spinal Tap (requested 16 Mar 2010, performed 13 Apr 2010). My physical fitness changed from marathon fit to that of a 70 year old in a matter of days. In 2012 the Canadian Forces advised “it is our opinion that your adverse reaction to the H1N1 vaccine, resulting in a syndrome of complex symptoms, is service related”. It's unfortunate the military forced me to release from the CF in 2011 and suffer three years of severe symptoms before they admitted the cause was the vaccine.

Posted January 23, 2013 12:31 AM

Justin Flontek

harpo and cons supporting our troops... As long as it doesn't cost a cent.

Posted January 11, 2013 10:03 AM

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