US engineer gets 32 years for tech sale to China – report

2011-01-25 07:37

Washington – A former B-2 stealth bomber engineer, found guilty of selling sensitive military technology to China, has been given a 32-year prison sentence.

Noshir Gowadia (66) was convicted of five offences in August following a trial in a federal court in Hawaii. He had been accused of passing on design information that would allow cruise missiles to avoid infra-red detection.

“We’re a little disappointed (the judge) didn’t give him a life sentence, that’s the sentence that would’ve sent the best message,” assistant US attorney Ken Sorenson said yesterday after the sentenced was announced, reported local KHON2 news.

“But 32 years is stiff and in many ways an appropriate sentence for him,” added Sorenson.

Said Gowadia’s son, Ashton, according to the report: “We believe very strongly that he’s innocent, and we very much look forward to the appeals process in the 9th circuit.”

Gowadia was found guilty of illegally communicating classified information, as well as illegally retaining defence information following a 40-day trial.

“He provided some of our country’s most sensitive weapons-related designs to the Chinese government for money,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security David Kris said in a statement at the time.

Gowadia was arrested in October 2005 and accused of communicating national defence information to a person not entitled to receive it. Further charges were added on subsequent indictments issued up until 2007.

During his trial, prosecutors alleged Gowardia made repeated trips to China between 2003 and 2005 to provide defence services in the form of design, test support and test data analysis of technologies related to China’s cruise missile programme.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.