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Former Arizona Raytheon engineer faces prison after 'exporting' sensitive missile technology to China

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Posted at 8:52 AM, Nov 25, 2020

TUCSON, AZ — A former engineer with Raytheon Missiles and Defense in Tucson faces 38 months in prison related to the export of sensitive military materials to China.

Wei Sun, 49, a Chinese national and naturalized U.S. citizen, was sentenced on Nov. 17 by District Court Judge Rosemary Marquez. In February, Sun had pleaded guilty to a felony count of violating the Arms Export Control Act.

Court records show that Sun had worked at Raytheon in Tucson for 10 years as an electrical engineer, from January 2009 through January 2019, when he had "secret level" security access to information directly related to sensitive missile defense technology. Some of this defense technical information is prohibited from export without a license under the AECA and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, or ITAR.

Read the full article at Phoenix Business Journal.