F-16 engines stolen from Israeli base

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  1. asianobserve

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    by BRYANT JORDAN on DECEMBER 7, 2012
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    For a second year, American-built fighter jet engines have been stolen from an Israeli air base.

    Reports out of Israel on Thursday say that several F-16 engines have been stolen from a base in a central part of the country. Israel Defense
    Forces officials suspect the engines were stolen with inside help, though by whom and for what purpose they do not know.

    The IDF speculates the engines may have been stolen to be sold for scrap.

    In June 2011, the IDF reported the loss of eight F-15 and F-16 fighter engines from a base at Tel Nof near Jerusalem. Officials played down the loss saying the engines were old or retired and likely stolen for scrap.

    But U.S. security and aviation experts contacted by Military​.com at the time were not so dismissive of the missing engines. They said that some countries would see value in having them and taking them apart.

    Richard Aboulafia, vice president for analysis with Teal Group, a Washington, D.C. defense industry research corporation, noted then that modern technology engine design remains “a black art” and that competitors would love the opportunity to study them.

    “They’re still more modern than anything in the Iranian air force inventory, and they would even be helpful to China in their jet engine development,” Aboulafia said at the time.

    The engines would each weigh more than 3,700 pounds.

    John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity​.org, an Alexandria, Va., defense and intelligence think tank, said at the time that even old F-15 and F-16 engines were “better than anything the communist Chinese have.”

    The engines, which could be Pratt & Whitney or GE, have “superior” thrust-to-weight ratio and better fuel consumption than anything in the Chinese air force, he said.

    Pentagon officials last year offered no comment on the thefts but referred questions to the Israelis. The Pentagon’s response to the latest thefts was the same.

    “This is something you’ll want to most likely talk to the Israelis about. Obviously we have had a longstanding relationship with the Israelis and we’ll continue to,” said a Pentagon spokesman, Lt. Col. Jack Miller.

    The public affairs office of the Israeli embassy in Washington referred Military.com’s questions to officials in Jerusalem.
    History has shown it’s not impossible to steal jet engines.

    In two cases, investigative officials found the thieves had inside help.

    In 2009, two F-5 engines were stolen from an airbase in Malaysia, tracked to Argentina and ultimately located in Uruguay. A Malaysian air force sergeant was charged along with a businessman with stealing the engines.

    In 1989, two U.S. Air Force security policemen were charged in connection with the theft of three F-16 engines from Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Those engines were recovered.


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    Stolen from an Israeli base? Looks like secretly sold off. The question is to whom?
     
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  3. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    Last time they lost few Missiles with TAR, latter found out inside there own country..
     
  4. sayareakd

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    i wont be surprised if it will end in China.....................
    Or China how to world same kind of engine, saying it has superior engine then F16. :rofl:

    Remember floating casino :laugh:
     
  5. asianobserve

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    Can you believe that you can just steal a jet engine from an Israeli military base? Maybe from a Syrian military base...
     
  6. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    A very interesting development.

    Someone is real interested in copying that engine.
     
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    Smuggling Jet engines from a high security air force base is not so easy.

    There is more than what meets the eye. Is Israel developing new engines on their own and do not want interference from Uncle Sam. They are very wary of Uncle Obama and may see US putting some distance between the two countries ties.
     
  8. Victor Sierra

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    Imagine, How Indian Media will show this news in a 30 minute long show.
     
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