U.S. survey shows widespread use of U.S. military equipment, China rare earth metals
reported that Lockheed Martin developed the “Aegis” SPY-1 radar found Chinese-made metal
reported that the General Dynamics developed M1A2″ Abrams “tanks found in Chinese-made metal
LONDON April 16 news: According to the U.S. 14 Business Week reported that, following a U.S. government report exposed widespread use of U.S. military equipment, China rare earth metals, the U.S. lawmakers requested a hearing on the matter. Reported, such as smart bombs, night vision and radar equipment widely used in China and other U.S. rare earth metals, which led to the U.S. military potential “weak links.”
U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike – Skelton said he will request an investigation on the matter; and as Missouri Democrats Skelton also said on the 14th, while China monopoly of rare earth resources, but “we can find alternative materials.” However, he failed to make in-depth description.
reports, developed at General Dynamics M1A2 “Abrams” tanks and Lockheed Martin developed the “Aegis” SPY-1 radar, manufactured in China have been found metal. According to the U.S. General Accounting Office said that this material can not be replaced, the arms manufacturers of raw materials suppliers the next few years will continue to source from China.
Colorado Republican – Mike Kaufman said yesterday that China’s current monopoly of the rare earth market, and these resources on advanced U.S. weapons systems and arms manufacturers is critical. U.S. Defense Department spokesman David – 14 Colonel Lapan said the U.S. Defense Department is studying how to use domestic resources to develop new resources to increase domestic supply of rare earth, and to increase the national reserves of this material within the project.
U.S. Geological Survey said, referring to the rare earth containing lanthanum, cerium, neodymium, europium, yttrium and 17 chemically similar metals. Their reserves in the crust is relatively rich, but to the extent of the deposits can be mined is not common. China, the former Soviet Union, the United States is the world’s most abundant region.
U.S. General Accounting Office report notes that China is not only limits the exploitation of rare earth resources, but also reduce export quotas to raise prices. Moreover, it also increased by 15% to 25% export tax. Deployment audit report citing that in 2009 the National Defense Reserve, part of the rare earth resources shortage has “led to some of the weapons system production delays.” Moreover, “these resources and capabilities for system components, it is difficult not appear under the premise of performance loss will be the replacement.”
U.S. General Accounting Office cited several specific use of the weapons systems China’s rare earth resources : M1A2 Abrams “tanks – the tanks of the navigation system on the use to buy from China with metal samarium samarium-cobalt magnets; Northrop – Grumman and General Dynamics developed the DDG-51 destroyers equipped with the advanced hybrid electric drive system to use to buy from China, neodymium magnet; Lockheed – Martin developed the “Aegis” SPY-1 radar – also equipped with top of the DDG-51 destroyers – including samarium cobalt magnets .
the agency quoted industry estimates that, in order to restore the United States of rare earth supply chain may need 15 years, which depends on basic infrastructure investment, new technology research and development and patented. US-China Economic and Security Review Commission Chairman Dan – Slane 14, said in a telephone interview that the development of new sources of rare earth resources may require “substantial investment and time.” With China’s increased consumption of rare earth, “the situation is worsening, urgent. “(Compiled: Spring)