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, Not including those operated by the air arm of the Aerospace Force of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution prior to the foundation of the Air Force as a separate service in August 1955. Updated as of 11 January, 2015.

Combat types[edit]

Air Superiority Fighters[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number Years Notes Photo
Grumman F-14 Tomcat  USA Interceptor/Air Superiority Fighter F-14AM 44 1974-1979 According to global security 44 F-14's in service [1] Originally 80 ordered(Phoenix missile with a 190 km range plus Fakur 90 an upgraded phoenix missile according to Wikipedia article F 14,Phoenix missile plus the avionist article 26 sept 2013 ); approximately 44 in service.via photographic pictures.tomcat serial numbers 3-6005[2] to 3-6061[3]
Iran Air Force Grumman F-14A Tomcat Sharifi.jpg
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum  Russia Fighter
Trainer
MiG-29A 30 1990-
1990-
According to Global security 30 Mig-29's in service [1] 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.[4]
Iran Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29UB Sharifi.jpg
Dassault Mirage F1  France Fighter F1EQ5
F1BQ
13 1991- {24 were taken from Iraq}
Mirage F1BQ of IRIAF.jpg

Multirole Fighters[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number Years Notes Photo
Chengdu F-7 Airguard  China Fighter F-7M 20 1986-
1986-
According to Global Security Iran has 20 F-7's in service.[1]
IRIAF MiG-21 landing.jpg
HESA Saeqeh  Iran Fighter Two versions have been observed 25+[5] 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 {225 received but today only 65 active} F-4D/E
RF-4E
64 1968-
1968-
According to Global Security 60 F-4D/E and 4 RF-4E's are in service.[1] F-4D/E are currently undergoing an upgrade program which includes a new Chinese-built radar and other avionics(PL 7,PL12).(According to the avionist (October 2013) a cruise missile qader who went into mass production was successfully tested on a F-4)[1] [6]
An IRIAF F-4E takeoffs.jpg
Northrop F-5 Tiger II  USA Fighter F-5E
F-5F
140 received (only 60 active)[1] Global Security 60 F-5's modernized[1]
IRIAF Northrop F-5E Tiger II Talebzadeh.jpg

Ground attack[edit]

Aircraft9 Origin Type Versions Number[7] Years Notes Photo
HESA Azarakhsh  Iran Light attack aircraft First Generation (includes twin-seat version) 6+ 1997 As of 2001 there were said to be six in inventory, with a production schedule established for 30 aircraft over the following three years.[1][8]
An IRIAF HESA Azarakhsh in Vahdati Airbase Air Show.JPG
Sukhoi Su-24  Russia Strike/air-to-air refuelling tanker Su-24MK 30 According to Global Security 30 SU-24's are in service. [1] Upgraded with night vision. Ex Iraqi Air Force
A IRIAF Su-24 ready to takeoff from THR.jpg
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[7] Years Notes Photo
Lockheed P-3 Orion  USA maritime patrol P-3F 5[5] 1974-
P-3F DN-SN-95-01263.JPEG

Transport/AWACS/Maritime patrol[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number Years Notes
HESA IrAn-140  Iran Transport/AWACS/Maritime patrol 5+ Global Security has reported that 5+ are in service in the Iranian Air Force.[1]

Transport and utility[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number[7] Years Notes Photo
Boeing 707  USA VIP transport
transport
air-to-air refuelling tanker
707-368C
707-3J9C
1
3
1974- 1 tanker, 2 transports Global security reports that 1 707 is a thanker and 2 are transports.[1]
Boeing 707-3J9C, Iran - Air Force AN0969353.jpg
Boeing 747  USA VIP transport/freighter 747-100
747-100F
747-200F
6 2 tanker, 4 transports.[1]
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
F27-600
12 1972-
A IRIAF Fokker F27 flying.jpg
Ilyushin Il-76 Candid  Russia transport 12
IlyushinIl76a.jpg
Lockheed C-130 Hercules  USA tactical airlift/transport C-130E
C-130H
19[1]
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
Y-7  PRC utility transport 14 According to Global Security 14 Y-7's are in service.[1] [1]

Trainers[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number[7] Years Notes Photo
FT-7  China trainer FT.7 5 Dual-seat J-7 conversion trainer. Some reports indicates that 5 are in service.[1]
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 One as of 2005. 25 planned for 2010.[1]
IAMI Parastoo  Iran trainer 12 12 as of 2005.[1]
HESA Simorgh  Iran trainer 7+ F-5As converted domestically to F-5B standard. Twenty in total planned.[1]
Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer   Switzerland trainer 35
TB-21 / TB-200 Trainer  France trainer 12 12 traniers in service.[1]
MFI-17  PAK Mushshaq / Super Mushshaq trainer 25 25 trainers in service.[1]
T-33A  USA Shooting Star trainer 7 Seven trainers in service.[1]
Mig-29UB  USSR Mig-29 fighter trainer 5 According to Global Security, five trainers in service.[1]

Helicopters[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Variants Number[7] Years Notes Photo
Boeing CH-47 Chinook  USA Heavy-lift transport helicopter CH-47C 2 according to Global Security Air Force [1]
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 [1]
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]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/airforce-equipment.htm
  2. ^ http://chamrankntu.ir/sites/default/files/image/f-14%28010%29.jpg
  3. ^ http://img1.tebyan.net/big/1389/01/10817211613020331262111951941201341421088910.jpg
  4. ^ "Guardians of Tehran: Iranian 'Fulcrums'", by Babak Taghvaee. Combat Aircraft Monthly June 2012, page 70-73
  5. ^ a b "World Air Forces 2015". Flightglobal Insight. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "The Last Sharpshooters", by Babak Taghvaee. Combat Aircraft Monthly January 2013, page 68-71
  7. ^ a b c d e World Air Forces 2013 - Flightglobal.com, pg 18, December 11, 2012
  8. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/azarakhsh.htm
  9. ^ Iran unveils its new home-made front control wing stealth fighter aircraft - Airrecognition.com, February 2, 2013

Bibliography[edit]

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

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