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US woman convicted of conspiracy to export jet engines to China

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A California woman was convicted on Thursday by a federal jury in Florida of conspiring to illegally export fighter jet engines, a military drone and technical data on the weapons to China, the US Justice Department said.

[WASHINGTON] A California woman was convicted on Thursday by a federal jury in Florida of conspiring to illegally export fighter jet engines, a military drone and technical data on the weapons to China, the US Justice Department said.

Wenxia Man, 45, of San Diego, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for violating the Arms Export Control Act, the department said in a statement. The engines are used in F-35, F-22 and F-16 US fighter jets, and a drone capable of firing Hellfire missiles through a third country, it added.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 19.

The Lockheed Martin F-35, powered by Pratt and Whitney engines, is the most advanced strike fighter in the United States arsenal. The General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, powered by a General Electric turbofan engine, has been in wide use against targets in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia and Libya.

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According to the grand jury indictment filed on Aug 21, 2014, Man was a legal permanent resident of San Diego doing business as AFM Microelectronics, Inc.

It said she worked with Xinsheng Zhang, a resident of China who was "acting as an official agent for the procurement of arms, munitions, implements of war, and defence articles on behalf of that country."

REUTERS

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