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Alleged Eagle Dynamics Developer Jailed for Buying F-16 Manuals

by CALUM MARTIN on  DCSNEWS
 
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An alleged employee of Eagle Dynamics has been arrested for buying F-16 manuals to help with the development of the aircraft within combat flight sim DCS. According to the¬†the¬†Standard-Examiner,¬†¬†developer Oleg Mikhaylovich Tishchenko has been charged with ‚Äúconspiring against the United States, smuggling and violating the Arms Export Control Act‚ÄĚ.

The Russian national claimed to be an employee of Eagle Dynamics and had been actively purchasing manuals for USAF fighter jets through eBay. However, as he was a Russian national, the law prevented him from buying the documentation directly due to international restrictions. To combat that, Tishchenko had enlisted the help of people within the US to buy the manuals and then ship them directly to him in Russia.

The person who assisted him lived in Texas and agreed to help. In October 2011, the man sent the manuals to Tishchenko. Jokingly, the Texas man said ‚ÄúIf I get busted can you send me a hacksaw?‚ÄĚ. However,¬†Tishchenko assured him that there would be no issue as the manuals were ‚Äúobsolete‚ÄĚ. It is said that the manuals contained¬†‚Äúconcise and clear instructions‚ÄĚ for operating and maintaining F-16s.

According to the report, an investigation was launched by Homeland Security and the US Air Force. Initially, he was charged back in 2016, however, was only arrested when Tishchenko had travelled to Georgia. For those who don’t know, Georgia has an extradition agreement with the United States.

Agents on the investigation learned that between January 2012 and September 2015, Tishchenko then auctioned off the F-16 manuals to buyers across the world including Cyprus, Japan, Australia, Germany, Taiwan and the Netherlands.

In 2016, an undercover agent then posed as a buyer and contacted Tishchenko. During these chats, it became clear that¬†Tishchenko was still acquiring new manuals. In particular, those related to the A-10, the F-16C, F-35 and F-22. He told the agent ‚Äúcould guarantee that these manuals will not be provided to any third party, and I think even not shown to anyone in our company.‚ÄĚ

Eagle Dynamics has released a very brief statement on¬†their forums suggesting¬†that ‚Äúnothing has changed‚ÄĚ with their plans. They will issue a formal statement after they have discussed everything with their legal counsel. The full statement is below.

Given the seriousness of this situation that Eagle Dynamics got pulled into, we will later issue a formal statement after discussion with legal counsel. Until then, nothing has changed with our future plans, and there is nothing more to say on this matter until we release an official statement.

It has not been confirmed whether Oleg Mikhaylovich Tishchenko is or was an employee of Eagle Dynamics. When we contacted Eagle Dynamics for a response, we were told that the official response will be posted later today.

The man from Texas was originally charged, but had them dropped last week.

Source: Standard-Examiner

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An alleged employee of Eagle Dynamics has been arrested for buying F-16 manuals to help with the development of the aircraft within combat flight sim DCS. According to the the Standard-Examiner,  developer

 

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