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UK jet expert held over 'Chinese plot for military secrets'

AFP  |  London 

confirmed today they had arrested a man under the amid reports of a feared Chinese plot against stealth fighter jets.

Bryn Jones, 73, a former chief combustion technologist, was arrested after the received intelligence that classified information may have been passed to Beijing, newspaper reported.

British Rolls-Royce, based in Derby, central England, carried out top-secret work on the take-off and vertical landing system for the Lightning II supersonic jet, being built by US defence firm

A for told AFP that they had made an arrest in Derbyshire on Tuesday as part of an investigation under the

do not confirm the identity of suspects who have not been charged with an offence.

"The man, who is in his 70s and worked within private industry, was taken to a police station in Derbyshire," the said.

"He was released under investigation later that evening.

"Police officers executed a at an address in the West Midlands, which is now complete. A search at an address in Derbyshire is ongoing.

"We are not prepared to discuss further at this stage given the nature of the investigation." Jones lists himself on the professional as a visiting at the in

His page says he worked for from 1968 to 2003.

pictured plain-clothes officers at his home near and said police removed boxes.

Jones declined to comment when contacted at his home by the agency.

Contacted by AFP, said they could not comment on an ongoing police investigation.

Proponents of the tout its speed, close air-support capabilities, airborne agility and a massive array of sensors giving pilots unparallelled access to information. Nine international partners including Britain, and are helping pay for the jet's development and are buying hundreds more of the planes.

The F35-B has short take-off and vertical landing capabilities and Britain received delivery of its first four jets last week.

A replacement for the Harrier G9 and the Tornado GR4, it is intended to be Britain's primary strike attack over the next three decades.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 19:55 IST