Sparrow Missile System Stopped on Way to China

Jun 14, 2006 6:40pm

A New Jersey businessman has pled guilty to shipping components of a medium-range missile guidance system to China rather than smelt them down as required under a contract with the Department of Defense.

Michael Dorfmann, Vice President for Purchasing at State Metal Industries, Camden, N.J., pled guilty Tuesday to shipping Sparrow Missile system parts to China after obtaining them from the Department of Defense as surplus. He faces five years of federal probation and a quarter of a million dollar fine. State Metal also pled guilty. It faces three years of corporate probation and a quarter of a million dollar fine for violating export laws. The parts never arrived in China but were seized by Customs and Border Patrol during the process of export. They had been concealed in the nose of the container as far as possible from the access doors, according to the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey Christopher Christie. The Sparrow is a highly effective radar guided surface-to-air or air-to-air missile.

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