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Posted at 11:32 a.m., Thursday, November 9, 2006

Stealth engineer pleads not guilty

Advertiser Staff

An engineer accused of helping China develop technology that would render cruise missiles undetectable pleaded not guilty in federal court this morning.

Noshir S. Gowadia, a 62-year-old former Haiku, Maui resident, entered his plea before federal magistrate Judge Kevin S.C. Chang this morning. He was charged in an 18-count indictment unsealed yesterday that accuses him of helping China develop a propulsion system for cruise missiles.

Gowadia has been in custody since October 2005, when he was first indicted for allegedly passing information about the B-2 Stealth bomber, which he helped develop, to foreign governments.

Gowadia's trial is set for July 10, 2007.