A naturalized U.S. citizen of Iranian origin was arrested on charges of attempting to ship F-35 technical data to Iran. Mozaffar Khazaee was detained on January 9 at Newark International Airport on his way to Tehran, The Navy Times reported today.
Khazaee was charged with “transporting, transmitting and transferring in interstate or foreign commerce goods obtained by theft, conversion, or fraud.” The crime carries a maximum 10 years imprisonment.
Khazaee, an employee of Pratt and Whitney, was allegedly going to ship “numerous boxes of documents consisting of sensitive technical manuals, specification sheets, and other proprietary material for the F-35.” (The Navy Times, 13 January)
F-35 is the fifth-generation fighter, which is expected to be the backbone of American air superiority over the next several decades.
File photo: An F-35B test aircraft flies in short takeoff/vertical-landing mode in November. (Lockheed Martin/Navy Times)