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Originally posted by W4rl0rD
The Iranians sadly don't have the AIM-54 Pheonix,so their F-14 isn't really as good as their American counterparts.
Originally posted by replicators
The Iranians, with the exception of some secret equipment, got the exact same plane as the US had at the time. They are all permanatly grounded because the civilian matinence crews sabotaged the aircraft, that and the US refused to sell them replacement parts. The original order was fairly large some 50 aircraft.
In 1985 Iran shocked the world (especially the US) when a formation of 25 Tomcats overflew Tehran. It was a miracle how Iran kept it's Tomcats flying even though they had been cut from (official) spares suppliers and it proves Iran's ingenuity and ability to reverse-engineer. This ability should ensure that the type is still available to undertake limited long-range interception missions at low sortie rates. Since the end of the eight-year long conflict, numerous enhancement projects have been performed on the type, including increasing the AWG-9's range, and integrating the R-73 AAM and various air-to-ground weapons with the aircraft. Iran is also working hard on a project to reverse-engineer and manufacture the AIM-54A Phoenix longe-range air-air missile locally.
The bigger threat to US planes from Iran is the Mig-29's that they have.