Two key U.S. senators have called on Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to consider barring a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary from Pentagon contracts for illegally exporting software to China.
Michigan Democrat Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Arizona Republican John McCain, the top Republican on the panel, asked Panetta on Monday to evaluate the case for contract suspension or debarment of jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney.
Levin and McCain called the illegal exports "enormously troubling."
Representatives of the Pentagon and Hartford-based United Technologies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Pratt & Whitney pleaded guilty on June 28 to crimes related to the illegal export of software that U.S. officials say was used by China to develop its first modern military attack helicopter.
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