American admits sending sensitive military blueprints to India

Washington: An American defence contractor has pleaded guilty to having illegally sent blueprints of military hardware to India, including parts used in nuclear submarines.Robert Luba, 47, also pleaded guilty in a New Jersey court to
american admits sending sensitive military...
PTI 24 Oct 2013, 12:01 PM IST
Washington: An American defence contractor has pleaded guilty to having illegally sent blueprints of military hardware to India, including parts used in nuclear submarines.





Robert Luba, 47, also pleaded guilty in a New Jersey court to having provided non-conforming "wing pin" components manufactured in India and used in F-15 fighter jets instead of those made in the US under contractual obligations.

It was the installation of these faulty Indian-made wing pins, which forced the US Air Force to ultimately ground as many as 47 F-15 fighter aircraft for inspection and repair, resulting in a loss to the government of about $166,000, federal prosecutors alleged.

Luba, who now faces a maximum penalty of a $1 million fine and 20 years of imprisonment, has agreed to pay back approximately $173,000 to the Department of Defence, which includes the cost of repair for the grounded F-15s. His sentencing is scheduled for February 19, 2014.

 
   
 

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