U.S. intelligence officials say they are growing increasingly concerned that China is electronically infiltrating U.S. military systems.
In particular, officials are worried about the recently announced sale of satellite communications firm Norsat to China’s Hytera Communications Corp. Ltd.
After officials announced the deal of the Vancouver-based firm over the summer, the Defense Department said it is reviewing whether or will continue its contracts with Norsat.
Norsat produces high-technology communications gear including satellite terminals, microwave components, antennas, radio frequency (RF) conditioning products, maritime-based satellite terminals and remote-network connectivity products.
The company in the past has provided the U.S. military with the Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System, a mobile satellite system known as DVIDS Direct, which is used by public affairs units to transmit video and photos.
Hytera is a Shenzhen, China-based mobile radio communications company that works closely with China’s police and security services. Those connections are the ones raising fears of electronic infiltration. [source]
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