US fines Honeywell $13 Million violating ITAR, T-129 Atak’s Engine is among them
The Department of State and Honeywell have reached an agreement according to ITAR to address alleged unauthorized exports and retransfer of ITAR-controlled technical data that contained engineering prints showing dimensions, geometries, and layouts for manufacturing castings and finished parts for multiple aircraft, gas turbine engines, and military electronics to and/or within Canada, Ireland, Mexico, the People’s Republic of China, and Taiwan. According to the charges, Honeywell had exported 71 ITAR-controlled drawings between July 2011 and October 2015 without authorization.
Honeywell’s alleged unauthorized export of dozens of technical drawings relates to components of various aircraft, missiles, and tanks, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, the B-1B bomber, the Tomahawk cruise missile, and the M1A1 Abrams, to multiple countries, including China. American officials contend that some of the disclosures harmed national security, something that Honeywell denies.
According to the charges, Honeywell had exported 71 ITAR-controlled drawings without authorization. Honeywell is alleged to have made unauthorized exports of drawings related to components “that are used in platforms including in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, M1A1 Abrams Tank, Tactical Tomahawk Missile, B-1B Lancer Long-Range Strategic Bomber, and F-22 Fighter Aircraft platforms as well as the T55 and CTS800 turboshaft engines to the People’s Republic of China,” specifically, according to the State Department.
The CTS800 engine was originally designed to power the RAH-66A Comanche stealth helicopter. The engine powers up the Leonardo AW159 Wildcat helicopter, used by the UK. Royal Navy, and the Turkish T129 ATAK attack helicopter. Turkey develops an ITAR-free version of the same engine locally in cooperation with Honeywell.