A top West German aerospace engineer arrested on spying...

BONN, West Germany -- A top West German aerospace engineer arrested on spying charges supplied Moscow with vital secrets about NATO's Tornado combat plane that would enable the Soviet Union to cripple the aircraft, Bild newspaper said Wednesday.

'They (the Soviets) know everything about the aircraft and could if necessary bring down the plane with radio waves,' the newspaper quoted an unnamed intelligence expert as saying.


Bild said Manfred Rotsch, a former aerospace engineer with Tornado component suppliers Messerschmitt-Boelkow-Blohm arrested Sept. 20, had supplied Moscow with virtually all secret information on the plane.

A West German Defense Ministry spokesman denied the report and said there was no new information avialable concerning Rotsch's alleged spying activities that would necessitate more investigations, than those already being conducted.

Rotsch, 60, is supected of having worked for the Soviet KGB since 1967. He moved to West Germany from East Germany in 1954. During his time at Messerschmitt-Boelkow-Blohm he met at least five times annually with KGB contacts, Bild said.

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