A former B-2 stealth bomber engineer was found guilty of selling classified information to China, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.
Noshir Gowadia was convicted by a federal jury in Hawaii of crimes relating to his designs of a cruise missile for China that can avoid infrared detection, yesterday’s statement said. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 22, it said.
Gowadia was arrested in October 2005 and accused of receiving payments of at least $110,000 from China for helping the country develop a cruise missile. The 66-year-old was employed by Northrop Grumman Corp. from 1968 to 1986 when he worked on the stealth bomber, according to the statement. He continued to work on classified matters as a contractor with the U.S. government until 1997, when his security clearance was terminated.
“Mr Gowadia provided some of our country’s most sensitive weapons-related designs to the Chinese government for money,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security David Kris. “This prosecution should serve as a warning to others who would compromise our nation’s military secrets for profit,” he said.