Canadian media said the sophisticated weapons the U.S. military completely dependent on China Rare Earth
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According to Vancouver, Canada “Resource Investment News” reported on August 8, the U.S. modern military hardware in some of the most critical components completely dependent on China Rare Earth.
the world’s most advanced weapons system of lasers and magnets using rare earth metals from China. For example, rare earth elements neodymium is used to produce missile fins, smart bombs and satellite systems in the tiny magnets, also on the naval vessels and equipment used to produce hybrid electric engine magnet. Samarium and cobalt mixed together, used tanks and “Aegis” class ship navigation system manufacturer. Ytterbium element is used in tanks and missile laser guidance system manufacturing.
reported that although China’s rare earth reserves account for 36% of the global total, but also a lot of reserves in the United States, with 13% of global reserves, ranking the second place. However, the U.S. found that its competitors are now strictly control the development of military needs of its rare earth resources.
reported that over the past 10-20 years, the U.S. advanced military systems need raw materials and finished products can be self-sufficient. However, after the U.S. manufacturers face a major problem is that the country can be used for commercial development of centralized storage is difficult to obtain rare earth. The rare earth metal and cause high-tech manufactured parts costs continue to skyrocket, so that the rare earth mining industry from the United States to China.
rare earth ore exports by China of restricting the impact of the U.S. Congress in September 2010 by “rare earth elements and key resources to revive bill” to promote the domestic rare earth rare earth research and development and support local manufacturers. After the U.S. Senate and House passed the bill more relevant. The United States hopes to promote the reconstruction by means of legislation of the United States has a competitive rare earth industry. U.S. veteran supplier of rare earth molybdenum mining company (Molycorp Inc.) Announced the end of 2012, its rare earth mine in California’s annual production to 20,000 tons. The company is also related to the U.S. Department of Energy applied for a loan.
However, the United States to revive the rare earth industry is not in a day. U.S. Congress under the Government Accountability Office said in a statement, to establish a supply chain needs for 15 years or so. And within a short time, the United States also can not form a refining and manufacture high-tech military hardware and other components required for the rare earth magnet ability. (Zhu Ying library)