A Connecticut-area man has pleaded guilty to stealing technical data on the engines for the F-22 Raptor and F-35 joint strike fighter with the intent to ship it to Iran, the FBI announced Thursday.

Mozaffar Khazaee, 60, will be sentenced in May and faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

“While employed with U.S. defense contractors, Mozaffar Khazaee stole sensitive, proprietary and controlled technology to send it to Iran,” Deirdre Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, said in the announcement. “The illegal export of our military technology compromises U.S. national security and reduces the advantages our armed forces currently possess.” […]