J-20: Made in China, Designed In America?

Posted: January 24, 2011 in Songs of Space and Nuclear War
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From the AP:

A federal judge has sentenced a former B-2 stealth bomber engineer to 32 years for selling military secrets to China.

Noshir Gowadia had faced up to life in prison. The 66-year-old showed no emotion as Chief U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway pronounced the punishment Monday.

A federal jury in August convicted Gowadia of 14 counts, including conspiracy, communicating national defense information to aid a foreign nation, and violating the arms export control act.

So how big a coincidence is it that China turns out to be able and roll out (taxi and fly) its stealthy J-20 "somewhat further ahead in the development of the aircraft than our intelligence had earlier predicted"?

  1. Dfens says:

    Last April in Everett, in a tense meeting with an investigator sent by Boeing headquarters, a small group of 787 engineers dropped a bombshell.

    The engineers, veterans of Boeing’s work on the B-2 stealth bomber two decades ago, told investigator Rick Barreiro that technology and know-how developed for that secretive military program would be used in manufacturing the company’s newest commercial jet.

    The engineers refused to sign forms declaring that the 787 program is free of military data. One said he feared signing would leave him open to federal indictment.

    Their assertions set off flashing red lights at Boeing. Federal law prohibits U.S. companies from letting militarily sensitive technical expertise go abroad.

    Yet Boeing’s entire global manufacturing plan for the 787 hinges on having foreign suppliers build large structures out of advanced composite materials.

    The underlying issue is whether Boeing’s plan to outsource high-tech 787 composites manufacturing could put U.S. government technology in the hands of either enemies or potential future economic competitors.

    Yet Boeing’s internal response to Barreiro’s findings suggests a reverse perspective: that the laws designed to protect military secrets create barriers to legitimate sharing of commercial technologies, which executives see as essential in the globalized aviation marketplace. — Seattle Times

    What hypocrisy! The J-20 was built from US technology, but it didn’t come from this dude.

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