A federal grand jury in Honolulu has indicted Noshir Gowadia for allegedly sending military secrets to China, Germany, Israel and Switzerland. The 18-count federal indictment handed up Nov. 15 does not detail the charges. Gowadia, a 62-year-old engineer who worked for 18 years at Northrop Grumman, could face the death penalty. His trial was expected to begin in January 2007 in Honolulu.
“As charged in the superseding indictment, the defendant in this case attempted to profit from his know-how and his knowledge of sensitive military technology,” Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Wainstein said.
“This case demonstrates that the DoJ [Department of Justice] will vigorously prosecute those who illegally transfer such information and services to foreign countries.”
Gowadia, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in India, was also charged with sending classified U.S. stealth technology to China. Gowadia, arrested in November 2005, reportedly was involved in designing the B-2 stealth bomber’s propulsion system.