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How the Navy SEALs wound up buying 450 counterfeit radio antennas | Quartz

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In May of 2019, a scamming small business in California used fake radio antennas to fill a Department of Defense order. In April 2019, the Naval Special Warfare Command was looking for bids to purchase 450 VHF/UHF antennas for use by Navy SEALs. A company based out of New York that normally supplied the product no longer qualified as a small business, leading them to look elsewhere. Vizocom asked how much it would cost to produce these antennas, and then agreed to do the job for a break-even price without any profit. Instead of providing the 450 Mastodon antennas, Vizocom imported cheap knockoffs from China and changed the serial number and spec sheets to pass them off as real.

Source: https://qz.com/1785156/how-the-navy-seals-wound-up-buying-450-counterfeit-radio-antennas/

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