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June 12, 2021
The U.S. State Department announced it reached a $13 million settlement with American defense firm Honeywell over allegations it exported technical drawings of parts for the F-35 fighters and other weapons platforms to China and other foreign countries.
The Charlotte, North Carolina-based company faced 34 charges involving drawings it shared with China, Taiwan, Canada and Ireland, according to the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs’ charging document. Honeywell voluntarily informed the US state department that it had violated arms expert controls by sending technical drawings to a foreign country. “Honeywell also acknowledged the serious nature of the alleged violations, co-operated with the department’s review and instituted a number of compliance programme improvements during the course of the department’s review.” The settlement stated
The settlement went onto say “For these reasons, the department has determined that it is not appropriate to administratively debar Honeywell at this time.” The proposed letter said that Honeywell, which manufactures and exports a variety of controlled defence articles including aircraft parts and components, first disclosed to the department in December 2015 that he had identified multiple drawings of export-controlled parts it had sent to Taiwan and China that July as part of requests for quotations.
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