Pentagon accidentally sold parts for Iranian jet-fighters

#1
http://www.voanews.com/english/2007-08-02-voa42.cfm

Investigators from the U.S. Congress say earlier this year the Defense Department sold nearly 1,400 collections of surplus parts that can be used in aging fighter jets now only flown by Iran, in spite of a ban on such sales.
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The report from the Government Accountability Office says the parts were sold in February, the month after the ban was imposed
 
#2
you could have also mentioned this (how shockingly lazy of you, anyone would almost think you had an axe to grind.....)

most of the material was what he calls "general hardware" that could be used in F-14 Tomcat fighters and also for a variety of other purposes. The spokesman, Jack Hooper, says the items were not specifically designed for the F-14, and did not involve weaponry, flight controls or wing parts.
and

all but two of the groups of parts have been recovered, and the defense department is in contact with the buyers of the other two in an effort to also get them back.
Its still a disturbing article
 
#3
theoriginalphantom said:
you could have also mentioned this (how shockingly lazy of you, anyone would almost think you had an axe to grind.....)

most of the material was what he calls "general hardware" that could be used in F-14 Tomcat fighters and also for a variety of other purposes. The spokesman, Jack Hooper, says the items were not specifically designed for the F-14, and did not involve weaponry, flight controls or wing parts.
and

all but two of the groups of parts have been recovered, and the defense department is in contact with the buyers of the other two in an effort to also get them back.
Its still a disturbing article
I was born in the Soviet union and is able to read between strings. After 'strict' ban in January the spare parts to the jets had been sold. No doubt that some blokes in Pentagon in attempt to save own arrses try to diminish the scale of event.

Only 'two of the groups of parts'? But how many spare parts have missed exactly? Likely a lot.

'the items were not specifically designed for the F-14, and did not involve weaponry, flight controls or wing parts.' Note, that critically important parts for engines were not mentined. So now Iranians likely are able to revive their jets.
 
#4
The Iranians have become past masters at reverse-engineering parts for their F14 fleet, buying surplus parts through the back door off the US is hardly necessary.

BTW, didn't the Russians offer to rebuild the F14's for Iran a few years back with modern avionics and Russian engines? I suppose this isn't required now as the Soviet Union, sorry, I mean Russia has so many nice shiny new toys to sell to Iran at rock bottom prices.
 
#5
Again, Sergey, you're seeing conspiracies where their aren't any.

And yes, Stacker, i think you're right. Surprise surprise.
 

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