Iran can’t manufacture most of the parts it needs to keep it’s aging F-14 fleet flying. Grounding them now, by withholding key replacement parts, will spare us the hassle of having to shoot them out of the sky later:

The Pentagon said Tuesday it had halted sales of spare parts from its recently retired F-14 fighter jet fleet, even as lawmakers pledged tougher oversight of the military’s surplus sales.

Sales of F-14 parts were suspended Friday pending a comprehensive review, Defense Logistics Agency spokesman Jack Hooper said.

“It was the prudent thing to do,” he said.

The review will examine Pentagon policy for handling the spare parts and determine what should be done with them “in light of the current situation with Iran,” Hooper said.

Iran, at odds with the United States and other countries over its suspected nuclear weapons program, among other issues, is still flying the F-14 Tomcat.



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