An expert said it’s possible to embed technology such as a chip without a customer’s knowledge that could change how it functions.
‘Exception PCB’… produces circuit boards that “control many of the F-35’s core capabilities”, ..”its engines, lighting, fuel and navigation systems”
…The Chinese state has long been accused of seeking to steal details on the multi-billion-pound F-35 programme, headed by US defence giant Lockheed Martin.
…parts made in the UK (by Chinese company Exception PCB) are put on F-35 jets flown by the US, Japanese, Norwegian, Italian and other militaries.
..Lockheed Martin was unable to state categorically this was not the case.
“We are not aware of any other Chinese-owned F-35 suppliers at this time,” the firm said.