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I wonder why Russia wouldn't offer more aircraft to the Iranians for export, but I guess these F-14s will still give the US Navy and Airforce a hard time in a US-Iran war
Because the UN (of which Russia is part of) has embargoed Iran, and eberyone (i.e. Foxnews and Friends) knows that US F-22s would pwn these Iranian F-14s in a minute.
Well is is said that Iran Allegedly purchased 250 Su-30 MKM and 20 Il-78 MKI aerial tankers from Russia. Something this picture supports: Jaamejamiran.persiangig.com .
And IDK about Raptors, but F-14 can pwn US F-15/16/18 quite easily with their ultra-long range AIM-54 Phoenix and Sedjil missile which is basically a airborne version of the MIM-23 Hawk. .
I wonder how many AIM-54s the Iranians have left, they did extensively used the F-14 in the Iran-Iraq war and I'd think military exercises would drain the AIM-54 reserves even further.
And it's also a pity that the USN decided to retire it's own fleet of F-14s, would be interesting to see the American and Iranian F-14s going at each other
According to some reports, they have made an indigenous version that has the same range and capability of the Phoenix, it's called Sattar-4.
Here is the Sattar-4(The one in background, foreground is the Sedjil)
Based on A reverse-engineered phoenix?
And MIM-23 Hawk. Both the Sedjil and Sattar series are seems to be created from combining elements form those two systems. The Sattar series is likely to supplement/replace the phoenix and all other foreign missiles in general service while the Sedjil appears to be an extreme-range missile like the Vympel R-37 optimized to shoot down targets like AWACS and and other C4ISTAR aircraft whilst keeping the launch platform out of range of any fighters that might be protecting the target.
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So what are they used in the Iran-Iraq war? Paper planes? Or are you saying they could mass produced these fighter long before HESA was established?
Do me a favor and do some proper research. Whoever you are.
Somehow This reminds me of the P-40 at the haleiwa field in the attack of the pearl harbor
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