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ft | British army delays King Charles cap badges over China spying fears, 15 June
[T]he Yorkshire-based company contracted to make the badges, Wyedean Weaving, sources some of its manufacturing capacity from factories in China.

"There is a fear that tracking devices or a GPS transmitter could be embedded in the cap badges," a senior UK defence official said. "The result is a delay in the introduction of the cap badges as < wipes tears > the UK does not have the capacity to manufacture them as quickly or as cheaply," the official added.
Wyedean won a £2.9mn three-year subcontract in 2022 from US-listed defence services company Leidos, which has a direct contract with the UK MoD, declined to comment. Susannah Walbank, Wyedean's systems director, said the family-owned company was waiting for final approval to press ahead with the badges.

"China is part of our supply chains, we have been there for 15 years [!], have long-standing relationships, and there has never been any concern," Walbank said, adding that the new cap badges would be made "in a mix of places, including China" and that they would be quality checked in the UK.

by Cat on Sat Jun 15th, 2024 at 04:56:13 PM EST
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