Hercules aircraft safe despite fake parts: DND

Parliament Hill. (Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency)

Parliament Hill. (Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency)

Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 2:28 PM ET

After a media report Thursday claiming counterfeit parts in some of Canada's 17 Hercules aircraft could put the lives of uniformed men and women at risk, National Defence was left less on the defensive and more on a clarification mission.

A CBC report says knock-off microchips originating in China could compromise equipment so badly that pilots could find themselves facing blank screens mid-flight.

National Defence says Lockheed Martin, the producer of the Super Hercules C-130S aircraft, assured them there are no safety concerns.


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