Canadian military planes are the next to fall victim to counterfeit electronic components. Although, the specific plane that they discovered them in is, US designed, Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport plane. The most interesting part of this article is Canada’s previous denial of any counterfeits being found in Canadian military products. Apparently there is documentation showing that they have known about the problem since mid 2012. It seems to be quite common for organizations to lie about their discovery of counterfeits in their products. It is understandable that one would want to not share that information freely, but it is a bit troubling, when it can affect lives and property. Much of this concealment came out in the congressional hearings by Senator McCain and Levin many months ago. Let’s hope that some time soon company and government officials figure out it’s better to be honest from the beginning as opposed to being caught later. See this article for more details information.
Robb Hammond is the President of AERI and the chair of the Aerospace Industry’s Counterfeit Electronic Components Mitigation Standard for independent distributors, AS6081, which has become one of the industry’s most respected documents, as well as being adopted by the Department of Defense. Robb is one of the foremost thought leaders in the industry on counterfeit detection and speaks regularly at conferences around the globe.