Eight Jet Engines Stolen From Israeli AFB

Um, excuse me? Someone has apparently managed to steal eight, yes, eight retired Pratt & Whitney F100 fighter jet engines that power F-15s and F-16s from an Israeli air base, according to an AFP article.

How on Earth did this happen in one of the world’s most security-conscious nations? I mean, each engine weighs several tons and requires a serious truck to move them. Can anyone say inside job? For now, the IAF is saying the engines were likely stolen for scrap metal. I mean, the F100 isn’t exactly cutting edge engine tech. Heck, depending on the variant, those stolen F100s may be the version that was plagued with so many problems that it prompted the U.S. Air Force to commission GE to build its F110 as an alternate engine to the F100 in the 1980s.

The real concern here isn’t the technology in the engines being stolen, it’s the fact that the IAF (or at least units at that base) is so corrupt that eight jet engines were stolen in plain view. You can’t exactly sneak them out of a hangar in your pocket.

41 Comments on "Eight Jet Engines Stolen From Israeli AFB"

  1. You would be surprised what negligence people are capable of when you realize they just don't care.

  2. Probably sold them to the Chinese or Russians and Israel is our most important ally and inseparable. That really hurts in a relationship.

  3. usa all the way | June 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm |

    stuiped china

  4. Cut off aid till they find the engines

  5. Well since the US and Israel have orbital eyes, when were these engines moved out on trucks? Certainly there are security cameras on the ground as well. I see unsubstantiated claims in the comment thread and I wonder what logic there is for Israel helping the "enemy". Pakistan who harbored OBL flies the latest F-16. The alliance between the US and Israel is worth far more than bribes from third parties. If the engines were sold for scrape, there should be evidence and arrests. It is bizarre however, that some suggest the Israeli leadership wants to strategic commit suicide. As in the Ofer case, I wouldn't jump to conclusions. Espionage, I suspect is rather complex, if this is more than greed.

    Perhaps Defense Tech could feature news items of cutting edge collaborative efforts between the US and Israel. What's the latest on our joint missile defense efforts?

  6. Only Israel "steals" from Israel.

  7. Probably their response to Obama asking them to return to 1967 borders.

  8. Israel probably sold them to China like they do most other things the US gives them.

  9. Remeber when you were in middle school and there was this scrappy kid who was funny and smark alecky, and kinda fun, but was always getting getting you in trouble when you got involved in his "schemes" You stuck up for him on occassion, and he helped you out a few times, but just couldnt help himself. Israel is like that kid. So, do you do detention with him AGAIN, or are you going to tell him to get his sh*t together?

  10. Well since the US and Israel have orbital eyes, when were these engines moved out on trucks? The night of June first? Certainly there are security cameras on the ground as well as in the sky. I see unsubstantiated claims in the comment thread and I wonder what logic there is for Israel helping the "enemy". Pakistan who harbored OBL flies the latest F-16. 60 billion going to KSA. The alliance between the US and Israel is worth far more than bribes from third parties.

    If the engines were sold for scrape, there should be evidence and arrests. It is bizarre however, that some suggest the Israeli leadership wants to strategic commit suicide or help their enemies. As in the Ofer case, I wouldn't jump to conclusions. Espionage, I suspect is rather complex, if this is more than greed.

  11. There are some countries like Iran that still have purcahsed U.S. fighters that can no longer fly them due to a parts shortage…. but I think these were most likely stolen for the scrap metal alone. Stealing 8 worn out engines isn't the best way to get obsolete aircraft flying again.

  12. OMEGATALON | June 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm |

    This is BS as someone in the Israeli government sold these engines to the Chinese government as they develop their stealth fighter jet program as no one can walk into an Israeli Air Force base and take anything this large without proper documentation; but while some General might be sitting pretty now, he sold out his country who might need to try fighting over a fleet of Iranian stealth fighter jets from China.

  13. The Reagan administration conspired to let the Russians steal a computer chip for controlling the flow of natural gas in, I believe, Siberia. The faulty chip resulted in one of the largest non nuclear explosions ever reported by satellite. Could the Israelis have allowed another country to buy/steal/obtain these engines with similar nefarious intent? I don't know, but it is worth considering.

  14. How is corruption unrelated to this issue?

  15. "each engine weighs several tons and requires a serious truck to move them" Actually, they don't even weigh two tons, and can be moved around by hand. It takes alot less effort if you use something called "wheels".

  16. Israel sold them to the Chinese, like they did our Arrow missile technology.

    Isreal is not an ally.

  17. Israeli trolls are alive and well on here.

  18. Regardless how old and beat up the engines are it gives them a blue print which they can improve and add there own tech to it. That’s why we don’t sell aircraft carriers for example doing so would make a country that’s 50 years back in tech 20 years or even 10.

  19. The Palestinian kid did it!

  20. This story is FULL of holes….
    Someone will fill them in at a later date…

    And it won't be what this byline reports…..

  21. Just as a note, none of the Israeli news sites are carrying this story. Also, the IDF's website and Spokesperson's website are not announcing this story.

    Who is the original source for the AFP?

  22. They smuggled them out in a tunnel dug from the Gaza strip!

  23. Given that we sold Pakistan F-16's there is a good chance that China and anyone else that wants a F100 engine has one.

    Also given that the WS-10 engine is built on the CFM56 core that was loaned to them in the 80's means that they are not that far behind to begin with.

    During the cold war we were able to buy many different Mig's and Mil's and recently purchased about 20 Mig-29's from Moldova.

    Hate to say it but money really has the power to get a country whatever it wants.

    How many people remember when Iran was very close to purchasing F100 engines for their F-14's from a person motivated by a big check not a conscience.

  24. Jorge_Banner | June 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm |

    I saw the joooo kid steal the cookies. And he smells, too.

  25. F-10 = Lavi
    PL-8 = Python 3
    Chinese Harpy's
    Radar tech from Israel

    What else?

  26. DT, please explain the purpose of this Post.

    Misinformation or data mining dissemination?

    116 likes? was that after or before reading the brilliant comment thread…..

    really guys…… not cogent at all

  27. PolicyWonk | June 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm |

    I wouldn't even be slightly surprised if the Chinese ended up with them. Doing obnoxious things for themselves that are contrary to American interests is hardly unheard of, and even an F-100 is long way ahead for the Chinese.

  28. Joe Schmoe | June 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm |

    OK, here's an update from some IAF insiders:

    1. The engines were of an old type (probably F-100).
    2. Those engines were "dead" and were stored in some junkyard inside the airbase.
    3. It's unclear who stole the engines, when and how.
    4. The engines weren't sold to China nor Iran, because they were found (or parts of them) in a private junkyard of scrap metal near the city of Ashdod.
    5. Once the engines found in this junkyard, Military Police opened an inquiry clear out their origin. MP discovered then that these engines were missing in the junkyard of Tel-Nof airbase.

  29. Israel sure seems to cause the US more headaches than benefits for the billions of dollars and tech we give them every year. Not to mention the billions Germany is forced by the US to give them.

  30. Fellas,

    This could be a israeli mafia job…cuz, many 3rd world countries who use fighters need F 100 since,US due to human rights or other concerns have embargoed engine updgrades to these countries, See, if ya use the Kfirs or A 4’s as many 3W countries do, its hard to get except thru arms dealers from Israel.Ask the former Tamil Tigers they got training & arms from corrupt Israeli arme dealers.China & others, they have other means of getting engines baby !

  31. Wow, looks like the Israeli's are in full force defending on this board.

  32. drilllbitbent | June 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm |

    reverse engineering for Chinese firecracker 2000 jet son mobile…"yes yes very fasty

  33. Judging by the amount of responses, there should be an Eye on Israel section!!

  34. Edgar dude, look at the thread. It started off on its own as an Anti-Zionist rant. I guess you don't like people showing up and defending Israel and shooting down the BS.

    Why does every spurious report of alleged Israel infractions elicit smears and false claims? Are you sure Ofter wasn't helping the CIA? Doesn't NATO fly Herons? Israel steals its high tech from the US? What China needs they can steal themselves. They've stolen much from the Russians and the US.

  35. Bigotry!? Hah! Hardly, you fanboys should go back your fav sites and stop trolling.

  36. Rabbitguts | June 21, 2011 at 1:25 am |

    One may consider,hypothetically that these engines may be in the hands of terrorists
    and maybe in the near future we may see a few V1 flying dirty bombs…something to consider…

  37. They gave it to China as part of a new found friendship. Copy of this engine, would now be used to power the chinese F-16 copy

  38. dudes that was a stupid comment israel maybe negligent but its no an enemy
    there are tons of arabs in israel who go around stealing anything they can find
    i've been there for business for two weeks and some arab kid stole my car
    (they caught him later)
    oh and by the way the stupid guy with the arrow remark – arrow is an israeli tech, not ours buddy

  39. may be alienstook it. 2012 u see any thing can happen

  40. whoever did it they will pay a price for that.

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