F-35’s parts technical drawings have gone to China, $13M fine for Honeywell

WASHINGTON, (BM) – U.S. defense company Honeywell will have to pay a $ 13 million fine for allegedly violating U.S. export standards for dual-use items. The U.S. State Department claims that the company’s actions have allowed technical drawings of strategic weapons developments to reach countries like China, Taiwan, Canada, and Ireland.

This investigation in recent years concerning the leak of sensitive information related to the development of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, B-1B Lancer long-range strategic bomber, F-22 fighter, C-130 transport aircraft, A-7H Corsair aircraft, A- 10 Warthog aircraft, Apache Longbow helicopter, M1A1 Abrams tank, Tomahawk tactical missile; the F / A-18 Hornet fighter and the F135, F414, T55, and CTS800 turbocharged engines.

Honeywell admits his violation and, for this reason, will not revoke the company’s commercial weapons license but will be fined $ 13 million. Throughout the U.S. investigation against Honeywell, the company has been able to integrate more secure and secure communication technologies and significantly improve its compliance program.

File sharing platform

The U.S. government’s investigation against Honeywell is for the period 2011-2015. It alleges that the company used an “inappropriate file sharing platform” that provided unprotected access to engineering fingerprints during this period. These “engineering prints” show the shape, geometry, dimensions of castings, and finished parts for many aircraft, military electronics, and gas turbine engines.

The company denies using “worldwide access” technology. The investigation is reviewing dozens of drawings that have been shared through the file transfer app. The research found sensitive engineering information on the F-22 and F-35 fighters and the B-1B Lancer strategic bomber transmitted to China.

A similar “exercise” is repeated in 2018, at a time when the U.S. government has already begun an investigation into the company on charges of violating the country’s security. The company’s employees then used an alternative method of transferring drawings, sending two drawings to Canada, two to China, and 23 drawings to Mexico.

Honeywell begins an external audit

The agreement between the U.S. government and the U.S. defense company Honeywell is a fact. The company will pay the imposed fine but is obliged to improve the methodology of its work process.

To this end, the company issued a statement saying that over the next at least 18 months, an external compliance officer will monitor its implementation and audit the compliance program.

It is important to note that the company fully cooperated in the investigation and provided the necessary information. The company promises to increase and guarantee the security of exports and invest in qualified personnel. The company is committed to supporting training courses for its employees on compliance.

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