F-35 Officials Not Planning To Seek U.S. Source For Ejection Seat Explosives

By Christopher J. Castelli / September 18, 2013 at 7:34 PM
The F-35 program does not plan to pursue an American source for explosive devices that power the aircraft's U.K.-designed ejection seat, despite mounting pressure from Commerce Department officials concerned about the U.S. industrial base, according to a program spokeswoman. The department's Bureau of Industry and Security, in a recent assessment of the cartridge-and-propellant-actuated-device (CAD/PAD) industry, urges defense officials to mandate second-sourcing of the explosive devices in the F-35's ejection seat made by U.K. contractor Martin-Baker Aircraft. The August report echoes...

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