List of aircraft of the Iranian Air Force

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This is a list of aircraft types operated by the Iranian Air Force, including those operated by the air arm of the Iranian Army prior to the foundation of the Air Force as a separate service in August 1955. Updated as of 4 November, 2014.

Combat types[edit]

Air Superiority Fighters[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number Years Notes Photo
Grumman F-14 Tomcat  USA Air Superiority Fighter F-14AM 44 1974-1979 Originally 80 ordered; approximately 44 in service
Iran Air Force Grumman F-14A Tomcat Sharifi.jpg
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum  Russia Fighter
30 fighters 5 trainers Global Security 18 single-seat fighters and 6 two-seat trainers were received from the USSR. 4 additional aircraft (3 single-seat fighters, 1 two-seat trainer) are ex-Iraqi Air Force aircraft.[1]
Iran Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29UB Sharifi.jpg
Dassault Mirage F1  France Fighter F1EQ5
13[2] 1991- {24 were taken from Iraq}
Mirage F1BQ of IRIAF.jpg

Multirole Fighters[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number[3] Years Notes Photo
Chengdu F-7 Airguard  China Fighter F-7M 17 1986-
IRIAF MiG-21 landing.jpg
HESA Saeqeh  Iran Fighter Two versions have been observed 24+[4] January 2010 Six serial numbers (3-7366 through 3-7371) have been identified via photographic evidence.
A HESA Saeqeh of IRIAF.jpg
McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II  USA Fighter F-4D
F-4D/E are currently undergoing an upgrade program which includes a new Chinese-built radar and other avionics(PL 7,PL12).[2][6]
An IRIAF F-4E takeoffs.jpg
Northrop F-5 Tiger II  USA Fighter F-5E
140 received (only 60 active)[7] Global Security 60 F-5's modernized[2]
IRIAF Northrop F-5E Tiger II Talebzadeh.jpg

Ground attack[edit]

Aircraft9 Origin Type Versions Number[3] Years Notes Photo
HESA Azarakhsh  Iran Light attack aircraft First Generation (includes twin-seat version) 6+ 1997 Source Global Security As of 2001 there were said to be six in inventory, with a production schedule established for 30 aircraft over the following three years.[8]
An IRIAF HESA Azarakhsh in Vahdati Airbase Air Show.JPG
Sukhoi Su-24  Russia Strike/air-to-air refuelling tanker Su-24MK 30 30 in service Global Security Upgraded with night vision.
A IRIAF Su-24 ready to takeoff from THR.jpg
, Ex Iraqi Air Force
Sukhoi Su-25  Russia Close Air Support Su-25K/UBK 13 1991 7 ex-Iraqi Air Force.

Future Additions[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number Years Notes
HESA Shafaq  Iran Fighter Trainer / Attack aircraft 0 Reportedly there are plans to produce three versions—one two-seat trainer/light strike version and two one-seat fighter-bomber versions. To-date, only a single mockup exists.
Qaher 313  Iran Fighter Fighter jet 0 Domestically-produced front control wing stealth fighter.[9]

Reconnaissance, patrol, and EW[edit]

Maritime Patrol[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number[3] Years Notes Photo
Lockheed P-3 Orion  USA maritime patrol P-3F 5 1974- Belong solely to the IRIN
P-3F DN-SN-95-01263.JPEG

Future Additions[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number Years Notes
HESA IrAn-140  Iran Transport/AWACS/Maritime patrol 0

Transport and utility[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number[3] Years Notes Photo
Boeing 707  USA VIP transport
air-to-air refuelling tanker
1974- 2 tanker, 2 transports
Boeing 707-3J9C, Iran - Air Force AN0969353.jpg
Boeing 747  USA VIP transport/freighter 747-100
6 1 tanker, 5 transports
Iranian Air Force Boeing 747-200 Sharifi.jpg
Dassault Falcon 50  France VIP transport 3
A IRIAF Dassault Falcon 20 lands at Mehrabad Airport.jpg
Fokker F27 Friendship  Netherlands tactical airlift/transport and target towing F27-400M
12 1972-
A IRIAF Fokker F27 flying.jpg
Ilyushin Il-76 Candid  Russia transport 12
Lockheed C-130 Hercules  USA tactical airlift/transport C-130E
C-130E Iran Air Force THR May 2011.jpg
Lockheed JetStar  USA VIP transport JetStar 8 2 1 operational in 2008
A IRIAF Lockheed JetStar.jpg
Pilatus PC-6 Porter   Switzerland utility transport 13
An IRIAF PC-6 Porter in Vahdati Airbase Air Show.JPG
Antonov An-74  Ukraine utility transport 12
Antonov An-74T Iran Air Force THR May 2010.jpg


Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number[3] Years Notes Photo
FT-7  China trainer FT.7 4 Dual-seat J-7 conversion trainer.
A IRIAF Chengdu FT-7.jpg
Beechcraft Bonanza  USA trainer F.33 20
F33A Bonanza of IIAF.jpg
Fajr F.3  Iran trainer F.3 2
Dorna/Tazarv  Iran trainer 25 1 as of 2005. 25 planned for 2010.[11]
IAMI Parastoo  Iran trainer 12 12 as of 2005. [11]
HESA Simorgh  Iran trainer 7+ F-5As converted domestically to F-5B standard. 13 in total planned.[12]
An IRIAF F-5E in Vahdati Airbase Air Show.JPG
Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer   Switzerland trainer 35


Aircraft Origin Type Variants Number[3] Years Notes Photo
Boeing CH-47 Chinook  USA Heavy-lift transport helicopter CH-47C 2 according to Global Security Air Force
CH-47 Iran Air Force Esfahan March 2011.png
Bell 214  USA Search and rescue/medium-lift transport helicopter Bell 214C 30 According to GLobal Security Air Force
Bell UH-1N Twin Huey  USA Light transport helicopter AB 212 Built by Agusta, in Italy.
Bell 206  USA Trainer/light transport helicopter AB 206 4 Built by Agusta, in Italy.

Other types[edit]

These types were also purchased by the Iranian government

A number of other types have been in recent, or reported, Iranian service. Many may remain in reserve storage or are operated by the Army or Navy. Some recent types include:

Iran has a number of UAVs and UCAVs, currently under operation of the Iranian Army Aviation.

Iranian combat aircraft under development[edit]





  • Andrade, John (1982). Militair 1982. London: Aviation Press Limited. ISBN 0-907898-01-7. 

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