US missile technology, fighter jet parts and other wartime equipment increasingly are being illegally smuggled to China and Iran, the federal government said Thursday.
In the last week, two men were charged with trying to illegally sell parts for F-4 and F-14 fighter jets over the Internet to Canadian buyers. Iran is the only nation that still flies the F-14, the Justice Department said.
Additionally, SparesGlobal, Inc., was sentenced to one year's probation and fined $40,000 last week for lying about exporting equipment used in nuclear reactors and ballistic missiles in 2003 that ended up in Pakistan, prosecutors said.
"The concept of terrorists, criminals or rogue nations obtaining weapons and other restricted technology is chilling," said Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Julie Myers, who oversees illegal export investigations as head of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.