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US probes Honeywell over sensor made in China

Published on Jan 14, 2014 1:47 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - US defence contractor Honeywell said on Monday it is being investigated by US authorities about the manufacture of a defence-related sensor in China used for a US fighter jet.

Honeywell spokesman Scott Sayres, confirming media reports about the Justice Department's investigation of Honeywell sensors used for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, said the company was cooperating "fully" with the probe.

"This is a common electrical sensor found on a circuit card that is widely available in commercial applications around the world," Honeywell spokesman Scott Sayres said in an email.

"Honeywell did produce this component in China for a short period of time, and proactively and voluntarily decided to move production to a US facility in 2012 after consulting with the Department of Defence and our partners," he said.

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