Contractors are required to notify the Pentagon about the use of microelectronic components made in China, Russia, Iran and North Korea in their systems, Defense News reports, citing a bill introduced by Republican Senator Joshua Hawley of Missouri.
The publication notes that such a decision will favor the development of the American microelectronic industry. Defense News recalls that in 2000, there were 1,500 companies producing printed circuit boards in the United States, but now their number is less than 200.
The publication, in particular, writes that the United States is concerned about the safety of electronic components supplied from China, and the reliability of the corresponding logistics chains. "Chinese printed circuit boards pose a serious threat to the integrity of America's defense systems," Hawley said.
In January 2019, the current general director of the Progress Rocket and Space Center (RCC), Dmitry Baranov , said that the Russian Resurs-P remote sensing satellites No. 2 and No. 3 were not working due to an electronics failure. "First, the reason is technical, it is generally established, but these things are not yet fully legally formalized, so it is not yet brought to the media field. The reasons for the failures are, if we speak, so to speak, in general terms, in the failure of the electronic component base, " the head of the enterprise said.