our must diverse UAV is Karrar which is a defense ministry UAV , and I believe if modified accordingly can fill our air force lack of equipment dealing with enemy middle sized UAVs and if used wisely even airplanesUCAVs: the army doesn’t really have any “must have”, the best UAVs are in hands of IRGC.
also they have some of our best suicide UAVs and the back bone of our UAV fleet is Mohajer-6 not Shahed variant which also army poses
well these bases more suited for them as they basically had a bomber fleetI assume we will see an IRGC make their own version of these base if they ever decide to build out an airforce as well (rumors are they will).
the only plane that we have which can feel those rrole is F-14 and Mig-29 and now that F-5 have an actual radar you can add kowsar to that . F-1 could do that if maintained properly but it is abandoned , so only those 3 .I would disagree on which aircraft. IRIAF has invested heavily in the F-4E fleet with upgrades with confirmed AShCM and possible A2A weaponry. We know IRIAF loves American aircrafts.
Also if Kowsar has been fully operationalized with procured BVR in near future then it will value as much as current small MIG fleet (23 airframes; 19 operational). Air International article said that IRIAF deployed F-14AM (4), MIG-29 (3) and Kowsar (2 including 3-7401) at TAB-2 during Nagorno Karabakh war which was 2 years back. This shows which aircrafts IRIAF will use for A2A role in future.
by the way its not the case of IRIAF like american aircraft because they are American they simply have better avionic and electronics and they are more compatible with our inventory. if you want look objectively even modern Chinese airplane have better electronic than Russian.