The Justice Department announced yesterday that that an Iranian national had been arrested and charged, along with ten other defendants, with participating in a conspiracy to export U.S.-made military aircraft parts to Iran.
The defendants in the illegal export conspiracy “conspired to and did export thirteen different types of aircraft parts designated as defense articles on the USML from the United States to Iran by way of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.”
For readers that may not be familiar with it, the USML is the United States Munitions List, maintained by the Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. It is a list contain things for which an export license is required.
According to the Justice Department, “among the aircraft parts the defendants are alleged to have obtained and illegally shipped to buyers in Iran are parts for the F-5 (“Tiger”) Fighter Jet, the Bell AH-1 (“Cobra”) Attack Helicopter, the CH-53 Military Helicopter, the F-14 (“Tomcat”) Fighter Jet, and the UH-1 (“Huey”) Military Helicopter.”
Read more about the latest indictment, here. In a related matter, on April 2, the Justice Department announced in another case a man pled guilty to a charge of conspiring to illegally export military and dual use aircraft parts to Iran. Read about the April 2 matter, here.
It is cases such as these that should give the Obama Administration pause about rapprochement with state sponsor of terror Iran. Iran’s primary, long-term concern is working against U.S. interests in the region to increase it control of the Greater Middle East. Stealing sensitive technologies, and knowingly breaking U.S. export control laws in the process, to achieve these ends is normal operating procedures for the regime.