F-16 engines stolen from IAF base'several' F-16 engines have been stolen from one of its bases. 'Arabs assisted by someone on the inside' are suspected (Hat Tip: Aryeh Z).
Senior IAF sources said that the thieves who stole the engines had to have been assisted by someone within the base. This determination is based, among other things, on the fact that there was no damage to the base's perimeter fence. This leads investigators to believe that the thieves went in and out through the gates. They must have done this with a large vehicle, since the engines weigh over 1.5 tons and are more than 15 feet long.
No suspects have been arrested yet in the theft, which is the first of its kind in the IAF's history and marks a low point in its ability to secure its own bases. The most likely possibility is that the engines were stolen by Arab metal thieves, weapons dealers or terror-related agents.You might be asking - as I did - how someone could steal an engine that weighs over 1.5 tons and that is over 15 feet long. If you read the whole thing, you will discover that there were several similar audacious thefts over the last few months.
What could go wrong?