A Pennsylvania company agreed Monday to plead guilty to illegally giving China technology that could help improve the accuracy of missiles. Orbit/FR, based in Horsham, about 15 miles north of Philadelphia, planned to plead guilty in U.S. District Court to violating the Arms Export Control Act, according to papers filed Monday.
Orbit will be fined $600,000 and could be banned from exporting products for up to 10 years, U.S. Attorney Michael R. Stiles said. Charges against at least one company official are likely to follow, he said. Orbit/FR had agreed to a $1 million deal with Chinese North Industries Corp., a major military systems manufacturer for the Chinese army.
The software and equipment sold to China were designed to measure the effectiveness of antennas in missiles.