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On Counterfeit Products in the Aerospace Supply Chain

28 Sep 2018, 17:00 UTC
On Counterfeit Products in the Aerospace Supply Chain
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The complexity of aerospace systems is increasing exponentially. Both hardware and software subsystems are becoming more complex and encompassing systems’ behaviour becomes difficult to model due to the dependencies, relationships, and other interactions between their components. Predictable behaviour of complex aerospace systems translates into the reliability of each of their subsystems.
According to published reports the amount of total counterfeiting globally has reached 1.2 trillion USD in 2017, and it is predicted to reach 1.82 trillion USD by 2020. Counterfeiting affects all industries, aerospace and defence included. It turns out that identifying counterfeit components in the aerospace and defence supply chain is really challenging. In 2011 it was estimated that up to 15% of spare parts and replacement used by the US military were counterfeit. In a 9-page report dated November 4, 2016, obtained by Reuters through a freedom of information request, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) said 273 affected parts were installed in an unspecified number of Boeing 777 wing spoilers.
Having counterfeit components entering the aerospace market leads to decreased reliability of subsystems used in the aerospace industry. The consequences of using unreliable components in the aerospace and defense industries should not be underestimated or ignored ...

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