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Iran upgrades US-built fighters

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posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 09:19 PM
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Iran has overhauled and modernized its warplanes, including the "sophisticated" F-14 Tomcat fighter jets, an Iranian military official said on Tuesday.


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can anyone collaborate and confirm this? how are they going to upgrade the F-14 when all spare parts sales have been suspended? opinions anyone?




posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 09:22 PM
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The Tomcat has been around for decades. It has been sold to many countries. I'm sure some Arms dealer out there has some parts.


As far as the sophisticated F-14. I'll miss. But I'm sure an F-22 wont



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 09:22 PM
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I remember hearing ages ago that the US was destroying (and even buying up?) landing gear components for the F-14 specifically to stop Iran getting the spares they needed - most of their F-14's were supposed to be unserviceable for the lack of parts.

Maybe they are able to reverse engineer the parts they need?



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 09:38 PM
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At the time, 1970s, the F-14 was the most advanced fighter in the world. Because of this, the U.S. did NOT sell this aircraft to foreign nations, EXCEPT Iran, who was ruled by the Shah.

The Iranians have been able to "self-upgrade" many avionics systems, just because these systems improved so greatly over the next three decades. However, they have had to cannibalize parts from some aircraft in order to keep the primary fleet flying. As the years have passed, the number of operational aircraft ready for action has gradually diminished. To date, their upgrades have not nearly kept up with the aircraft development from the Soviets/Russians, NATO, and even from nations like Brazil.

The Iranian F-14s are a potent weapon system, but not compared to the NATO/American/Israeli air forces. The U.S. Navy, who were the only branch to fly F-14 squadrons, retired them because they were difficult to maintain, and were surpassed by the F/A 18 Hornets, and especially the F/A-18 Super Hornets.
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Our F-16s and F-15Cs are significantly superior to ANY F-14s, and not even in the same ballpark with the F-22s for the air superiority mission.



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 09:39 PM
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wouldn't they be able to buy off the shelf components from China and assemble them as analogues to the original parts that they need? and perhaps by now they'd have been able to reverse-engineer the AWG-9 radar, but do they have anything comparable to the AIM-54?



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 09:40 PM
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You are absolutely right. STAR for you!!!!
For some reason I was seeing F-14 in my head but Thinking F-16

I stand corrected.


ETA
See what happens when somebody has had a few too many.


[edit on 23-4-2010 by SLAYER69]



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 09:57 PM
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Kine problem, mein freund.

Sind Sie Deutch? Ich habe seit drei Jarhen in Deutchland gewohnt.



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 09:58 PM
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They are going to need them........



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 10:03 PM
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Problem? Not unless I can't keep US fighters straight

I've been there a few times and my Grandfather on my mothers side was. My German is horrible.



[edit on 22-4-2010 by SLAYER69]



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 10:09 PM
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I meant no problem, to your prior post.

Did you intend the pun on "strait," as in Strait of Hormuz?



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 10:16 PM
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Schade bin ich betrunken.
Entschuldigen Sie meine Rechtschreibung.

Freund.



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 10:37 PM
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You make it sound like omgg their using our latest est advance tech... i

Way to mislead



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 10:40 PM
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They were upgraded with the approval of the US by US companies. I read about it in International Airpower Review. I cannot remember which issue though.



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 10:47 PM
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Slayer,

We'll just find us a good gasthaus and share a few pilsners and trade a few stories, and the world would be good.

My favorite was Ochsner Pils, from Ochsenfurt, on the Main.



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 10:52 PM
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huh?


the F-14 is 70's era technology, who's saying that its the latest? and as far as i can tell no one is trying to mislead anyone in this thread (er, not yet)...



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 10:59 PM
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No actually it was the culmination of 60s Tech, First assembled and flown in the 70s

Coffee Helps

Source

The F-14 first flew on 21 December 1970, just 22 months after Grumman was awarded the contract, and reached Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in 1973


Edit to add. Think of it this way in Dec of 1970 that was the best we had up to that point. All the major design and engineering specs again were the culmination from the preceding years.




[edit on 22-4-2010 by SLAYER69]



posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 11:05 PM
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The more advanced F-14 upgrades were performed only to U.S. Navy squadrons. While generic avionics and weapons systems from other countries could be integrated into their aircraft, the Iranian's aircraft will still carry the same limitations that cause us to moth-ball the U.S. Navy fleet. And that decision to take down our F-14s was made in spite of repeated levels of upgrades that would still be superior to whatever attempts the Iranians could make to keep up.



posted on Apr, 23 2010 @ 02:15 AM
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Very accurate

Gute Nacht mein neuer guter Freund



posted on Apr, 23 2010 @ 02:42 AM
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Auf weidersehen. Gute schlaft!



posted on Apr, 23 2010 @ 02:42 AM
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Auf weidersehen. Gute schlaft!



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