Date
16 December 2017
An F135 jet engine similar to the one Yu Long has worked on is shown at an air show in Paris. Photo: Internet
An F135 jet engine similar to the one Yu Long has worked on is shown at an air show in Paris. Photo: Internet

Man charged over smuggling of US military secrets to China

A former Chinese citizen who allegedly worked on fighter jet engines has been charged with trying to smuggle sensitive documents about military technology to China.

While en route to China in November, Yu Long was found with documents that included equations and test results used to develop titanium for US military aircraft, Reuters reported Wedensday, citing prosecutors.

He was arrested two days later in New York.

Between 2008 and earlier this year, Yu worked as a senior engineer for a Connecticut defense contractor.

He said he worked on the F119 and F135 engines which are used in US fighter aircraft and manufactured by United Technologies Corp.

Yu worked for the United Technologies Research Center which does research for the conglomerate, a source familiar with the case was quoted as saying.

He was dismissed in May when the probe began.

Prosecutors said Yu was also stopped at John F. Kennedy International Airport in August and found to have US$10,000 in undeclared cash, registration documents for a new Chinese corporation and an application to work for a state-controlled aviation research center in China that highlighted Yu Long’s work experience on the engines.

United States defense officials have sounded the alarm in recent years about increased efforts by China, Russia and other countries to gain access to sensitive military technologies.

The US prohibits the export of defense technology and information to China.

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