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F-35 Deliveries Halted Over a Chinese Alloy, Pentagon Says

  • Alloy in magnets poses no flight safety issue, Pentagon says
  • Operations of F-35s already delivered aren’t interrupted
Attendees take photographs of the Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 at the Farnborough International Airshow.

Attendees take photographs of the Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 at the Farnborough International Airshow.

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

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The Pentagon has halted deliveries of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 after finding an alloy used in magnets for pumps on the fighter jet was made in China.

The F-35 program office “temporarily paused the acceptance of new F-35 aircraft to ensure the F-35 program’s compliance” with defense regulations “pertaining to specialty metals,” Defense Department spokesman Russell Goemaere said in an email.