Loral Space & Communications fined for missile aid to China circa 2002..technology transfers are how the game is played
U.S. satellite maker Loral Space & Communications Ltd. has agreed to pay a $14 million fine for passing missile technology to China.
The satellite and communications company will pay the fine over seven years to the U.S. State Department, through its Space Systems/Loral Inc. subsidiary.
The subsidiary neither admitted nor denied the charges but has agreed to pay the fine. It contends the information was “mistakenly sent to the Chinese.”
The investigation started as a criminal case, after the U.S. government adjudged Space Systems/Loral might have broken export laws when it gave technical help to China, on its rockets.
Loral helped China investigate the February 1996 crash of a Chinese Long March missile that was carrying a Loral satellite.
Such a move requires government clearance. But in June that year, Loral disclosed that it had not received it.
On Wednesday, Loral again said it regretted failing to seek approval in aiding China. A 1999 congressional probe determined that Loral gave China valuable information that helped it improve its missiles.
Loral has boosted its compliance program, at a cost of $6 million, in cooperation with the U.S. government. It also says it has improved training and staffing.
The settlement will reportedly help Loral move ahead on a satellite sale to the Chinese government that has been on hold since 1999.
Loral has already built Chinasat-8, a communications satellite that China ordered.
The State Department and the White House are now expected to give Loral’s dealings with China the go-ahead.
The Canadian arm of the aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney closed a six-year U.S. government probe last week by admitting that it helped China produce its first modern attack helicopter, a serious violation of U.S. export laws that drew a multimillion dollar fine.
At the same time it was helping China, the company was separately earning huge fees from contracts with the Pentagon, including some in which it was building weapons meant to ensure that America can maintain decisive military superiority over China’s rising military might.
The Chinese helicopter that benefited from Pratt’s engines and related computer software, now in production, comes outfitted with 30 mm cannons, anti-tank guided missiles, air-to-air missiles and unguided rockets. “This case is a clear example of how the illegal export of sensitive technology reduces the advantages our military currently possesses,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton said in a statement released on June 28.
The events are once again raising questions about the circumstances under which major defense contractors might be barred from government work. Independent watchdogs have long complained that few such firms have been barred or suspended, even for egregious lawbreaking, such as supplying armaments or related equipment to a hypothetical adversary.
this is how its always been done..favorite enemies get technology transfers..treasonous..back in 2002 they got caught and i have included the most recent transfer which i posted about last week..the global game..