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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.
Air Force Deputy Commander General Aziz Nasirzadeh said in an interview with the FNA news agency that indigenous radars and new engines were installed on F-14 Tomcat jets, developed in the 1970s.
He said that although most airplanes had “old designs,” all of their components, “including systems and parts, are being optimized and upgraded on a regular basis.”
Originally posted by SLAYER69
reply to post by toreishi
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
Originally posted by Zaphod58
Iran has replaced the radar, and engines originally used by the Tomcat, with parts made in-country. They have had years to reverse engineer the parts they needed, so no one should be surprised that they have been able to repair them and keep them flying.
They have approximately 20 of the original 44 remaining.
He said that although most airplanes had “old designs,” all of their components, “including systems and parts, are being optimized and upgraded on a regular basis.”[/
Originally posted by abecedarian
It's downfall was caused by the advancing weapons tech and its high fuel consumption.
Originally posted by StellarX
I also want to point out that while the F-14's in Iranian service remains very potent individual platforms they will not as far as i know be able to respond to the overwhelming USAF stand off jamming and general ECM capabilities. In that sort of environment a F-14 is about as useful as the Phantoms and other western aircraft they operate so F-14's will probably be kept well back in support of the Tehran and other vital cities air defenses to try and deal with penetration strikes that are not well enough supported. Either way it will just be a question of time, and probably not much at that, until the F-14's run out of a single engine support screen so i am very glad i am not tasked with trying to defend Iranian airspace against a NATO sized threat.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
I'm only able to be online an hour or so, every few days at a library right now, so I can't always get caught up on everything, but I thought that I'd comment on this point about the USAF jamming. I have heard other sources about there being 40-50 operational as well, but was just going on what I found that particular day, as I was in a rush.
As for the USAF stand off jamming and ECM programs, WHAT programs? The only USAF jamming program that currently exists is the EC/MC-130s. Both the original and revamped B-52SOJ programs have been killed, and the only dedicated jamming platform besides the -130s flown by the USAF are EA-6Bs owned by the USN. After the F-4G and EF-111s were retired in the early 1990s the USAF lost all their dedicated jamming platforms besides the -130s.