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Large-scale air exercise, Iranian F-14s make big surprises

In an article dated August 2020, Business Insider asks, "Why has the United States decided to destroy all of its old F-14 Tomcats rather than let anyone buy them?" "Before answering:" During the war of Iran against Iraq, the Iranian air force, its ultra experienced pilots showed such great competence that only one Iranian Tomcat could release sky from enemy planes without even firing a single shot.

On the other hand, from the ground most of the successful shootings of Iraqi Tomcats came from SAM batteries that Iranian operators fired copiously ... This is in essence to prevent Iran from having attached parts or even F technology. -14 that the United States ended up withdrawing their Tomcat in 2007, reducing a $ 38 million plane to a heap of junk. The idea of selling rare F-14 parts to Iran so that it does not have to overhaul its own inventories and make them worry about its adversaries since the Iranians are masters of reverse engineering, was absurd. The "Iranian" F-14 has something to surprise us ”.

And the author of the article does not think so well put. On the first day of the exercises of the Iranian Air Force, which is obviously preparing for major air combat in these times of "normalization" where the United States is selling the Emirates 50 F-35s or even giving the green light to To deliver F-22s, the flagship of the US airline industry to Israel, intense events have occurred. Indeed, the fighting began with a clear show of force of the Su-24 of the Air Force which following the principle of surprise, identical to what the Iranian armed force does on the ground "the strategic bombers Soukhoi Su-24 successfully destroyed ground targets, including fictitious enemy radars, carrying a variety of optimized, high-precision missiles weighing up to half a ton and obviously made in Iran.

This phase aimed to destroy enemy land radars, just to blind its Air Defense. Then came the turn of the F-14s, the very ones from which Business Insider starts: According to the spokesperson for the exercise, Brigadier General Goudarzi, “it was above all about reproducing a fight and we chose to place F-14 and MiG-29 in combat situation. Since the Iranian F-14s have long been "tamed", many devices are on board. The same is true of a national radar that Iranian experts talk about quite often without going so far as to explain the components or the characteristics. In Isphahan, which is home to the stupidity of the Americans the only F-14 overhall center in the world, this radar capability was therefore tested on Monday and the result was more than "satisfactory"

Since the F-22 with which the Americans hope to shoot down the Iranian F-14s is supposed to be stealthy, it is therefore a "capital capability": "The radar in question manufactured by Iranian technicians at the The effect of this aircraft specific to aerial combat has a range of several hundred kilometers. It is a radar which operates in synergy with the original radar of the F-14, again optimized by our technicians. It is a device capable of intercepting with the same power as AWACs. Especially since the analog cabin of the American F-14 has been transformed into digital here in Iran ”, said Brigadier General Farhad Goudarzi, the spokesperson for the exercise.

During the exercise the F-14s were refueled in flight by Boeing-707 tanker planes in preparation for low-altitude upper cover operations. And the last but not the least, the radar designed for the effect of the F-14 has engaged in electronic warfare, testing advanced communication systems within secure platforms connected by cable and wireless. The operation took place even as reconnaissance drones, Kaman-14, monitored the assault course and the brand new nationally-made Samat optical camera, gleaned data and wiretapped. The F-22 may be stealthy, but it would be difficult to escape the Iranian F-14, ”the general said.

“By the way, this aerial combat that we are preparing will involve a diverse fleet of aircraft. Hence the variety of planes engaged on the first day of the exercises. Saeqeh who detonated the targets with cruise missiles and extremely precise smart bombs. Some seven Iranian air bases were also involved in the preparation of these air battles, ”said the general, referring to articles that were too optimistic in US magazines and too sure of the superiority of the US Air Force against the US Army. Iranian look.

In fact, "given the intelligence of our pilots, their war experience, which the Americans lack, the first USA / Iran face-to-face in the sky could be too rich in surprises. The series of plane crashes US in recent months, including almost all range of so-called sophisticated US planes (F-18, F-35; F-22 ...) give indications in this direction. Indeed the pilots of all these devices have missed their flights while operating in combat situations and on air bases. The US aircraft command and control system appears to be too fragile to jamming and electronic suppression. Our F-14s have worked well on this weakness ".

In a recent article titled "How Iran Could Take Down an F-35 Fighter in a War," The National Interest wrote that the F-5, driven by Iranian pilots would possess the agility necessary to gain the advantage over an F -35. The same will be true of the F-14s: “Aerodynamically, the F-5 will always be what we call a category three fighter, where the F-35 and F-22 are now category five fighters. Compared to modern hunters, it is underpowered not to mention that it has no stealth other than its small size. But with just a few modifications, which the Iranians did, the F-5 is turning into a threat plane with a legitimate sting. The latest Iranian upgrades include a [scanning electronically] radar, good [radar warning] gear, chaff and flares, a jamming pod, and a helmet-mounted spotting system for IR (infrared guided missiles) ) offline. Ditto for the Iranian F-14s which could prove fatal for our F-22s, ”wrote The National Interest.
Iran has ALCMs? Is this news authentic?
 

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ma-sha-Allah, that is a great accomplishment by Iran.

What is the likelihood, now that the UN sanctions have been lifted, that Iran would look to modernize it's air force. And if so, which direction is it going to take? Would it be joint program with another country, to build its own fighter. Or would it go for Russian or Chinese fighter jets?
 

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ma-sha-Allah, that is a great accomplishment by Iran.

What is the likelihood, now that the UN sanctions have been lifted, that Iran would look to modernize it's air force. And if so, which direction is it going to take? Would it be joint program with another country, to build its own fighter. Or would it go for Russian or Chinese fighter jets?
There are entire threads here dedicated to that topic and you can find them by using the search feature or even scroll back about a dozen or more pages in IRIAF thread, where the topic has been brought up many many times, especially recently with the lifting of the UN embargo.
 

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ma-sha-Allah, that is a great accomplishment by Iran.

What is the likelihood, now that the UN sanctions have been lifted, that Iran would look to modernize it's air force. And if so, which direction is it going to take? Would it be joint program with another country, to build its own fighter. Or would it go for Russian or Chinese fighter jets?
in near future : Su 30 sm3 , Su 35 and some other bombers .

in long run: its own fighter and bombers.
 

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But am I wrong or we had already presented a couple of helicopter models made in Iran

he means the army aviation wants its own helicopter. kinda like the army airforce and air defence building their own drones instead of using shaded shahed drones...
 

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Here is one of the most detailed reporting I've ever seen come out of Iran's own media regarding Iranian variants of the AIM-54 (Maghsad, Fakour-90 AAM,...)
My props to the author!
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he means the army aviation wants its own helicopter. kinda like the army airforce and air defence building their own drones instead of using shaded shahed drones...
but it does not become a waste of resources if every armed force in Iran wants to build its own helicopter, also because in the past it was advertised that they were making the Iranian an indigenous AH-1 Cobra ?

Toufan-2

 

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but it does not become a waste of resources if every armed force in Iran wants to build its own helicopter, also because in the past it was advertised that they were making the Iranian an indigenous AH-1 Cobra ?

Toufan-2

it’s actually beneficial to Iranian arms industry complex which has grown very large in recent years and needs more clients than just Iran in order to survive and grow.

This is the fate of all industrial complexes as they grow in size
 

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The reflections regarding the ostensible 'duplication of effort' we see here and there is warranted. However, note, each customer has their own requirements as well. As such, although there is a definite need to unify the supply chain, that doesn't mean the end product should be identical. Given Iran's stage of industry this is a realistic possibility. In fact, as a layman, looking at Iran's missile aresenal, although each system has well defined requirements with often separate applications, it's clear the systems are very modular. This means they share a supply chain which reduces costs significantly. One can imagine this thinking pervades other military systems as well.
To conclude, the goal is to normalize the supply chain, not to create identical products.
 
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