IAF A-4, F-16 jets at Hatzerim_370.
(photo credit: Reuters/Amir Cohen)
Several parts of engines belonging to F-16 fighters jets have been stolen from
an airbase in central Israel in recent days, in a development that represents a
serious security breach.
The commander of the base alerted Military
Police to the thefts, and an investigation is underway.
suspect that the base may have been targeted by metal thieves, who may have had
inside help, either from a soldier or a civilian serving on the base.
large vehicle was likely involved in the heist, the investigators
An IDF spokesman confirmed the thefts, saying an investigation
has been launched and military prosecutors will examine its
No arrests have been made.
In recent years, a black
market in metals has thrived, and thieves managed to steal parts of old F- 15
fighter jet engines and sell them as scrap.