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 70; 44 modernized to F-14AM 1974-1979 Originally 80 ordered; approximately 28 in service As of 2014.[1]
Iran Air Force Grumman F-14A Tomcat Sharifi.jpg
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum  Russia Fighter
Trainer
MiG-29A
MiG-29UB
21
5
1990-
1990-
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.[2]
Iran Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29UB Sharifi.jpg
Dassault Mirage F1  France Fighter F1EQ5
F1BQ
10.[3] 1991-
Mirage F1BQ of IRIAF.jpg

Multirole Fighters[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number[4] Years Notes Photo
Chengdu F-7 Airguard  China Fighter F-7M 17 1986-
1986-
IRIAF MiG-21 landing.jpg
HESA Saeqeh  Iran Fighter Two versions have been observed 24+[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 F-4D
F-4E
RF-4E
received 225; 60 still in service As of 1990. 1968-
1968-
F-4D/E are currently undergoing an upgrade program which includes a new Chinese-built radar and other avionics.[3][6]
An IRIAF F-4E takeoffs.jpg
Northrop F-5 Tiger II  USA Fighter F-5E
F-5F
received 140; 60 modernized Global Security 60 F-5's modernized[3]
IRIAF Northrop F-5E Tiger II Talebzadeh.jpg

Ground attack[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number[4] Years Notes Photo
HESA Azarakhsh  Iran Light attack aircraft First Generation (includes twin-seat version) NA 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.[7]
An IRIAF HESA Azarakhsh in Vahdati Airbase Air Show.JPG
Sukhoi Su-24  Russia Strike/air-to-air refuelling tanker Su-24MK 27 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.[8]

Reconnaissance, patrol, and EW[edit]

Maritime Patrol[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number[4] 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[4] Years Notes Photo
Boeing 707  USA VIP transport
transport
air-to-air refuelling tanker
707-368C
707-3J9C
1
3
1974- 2 tanker, 2 transports
Boeing 707-3J9C, Iran - Air Force AN0969353.jpg
Boeing 747  USA VIP transport/freighter 747-100
747-100F
747-200F
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
F27-600
12 1972-
A IRIAF Fokker F27 flying.jpg
Ilyushin Il-76 Candid  Russia transport 5
IlyushinIl76a.jpg
Lockheed C-130 Hercules  USA tactical airlift/transport C-130E
C-130H
45
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

Trainers[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number[4] Years Notes Photo
FT-7  China trainer FT.7 6 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.[9]
IAMI Parastoo  Iran trainer 12 12 as of 2005. [9]
HESA Simorgh  Iran trainer 7+ F-5As converted domestically to F-5B standard. 13 in total planned.[10]
An IRIAF F-5E in Vahdati Airbase Air Show.JPG
Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer   Switzerland trainer 35

Helicopters[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Variants Number[4] Years Notes Photo
Boeing CH-47 Chinook  USA Heavy-lift transport helicopter CH-47C ~10
CH-47 Iran Air Force Esfahan March 2011.png
Bell 214  USA Search and rescue/medium-lift transport helicopter Bell 214C 39
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. ^ Hoyle, Craig (26 September 2014), Kings of the swingers: Top 13 swing-wing aircraft, Flightglobal (Reed Business Information), archived from the original on 27 September 2014, retrieved 27 September 2014 
  2. ^ "Guardians of Tehran: Iranian 'Fulcrums'", by Babak Taghvaee. Combat Aircraft Monthly June 2012, page 70-73
  3. ^ a b c http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/airforce-equipment.htm
  4. ^ a b c d e f World Air Forces 2013 - Flightglobal.com, pg 18, December 11, 2012
  5. ^ Iran launches Saeqeh fighter-bomber squadron auf PressTV
  6. ^ "The Last Sharpshooters", by Babak Taghvaee. Combat Aircraft Monthly January 2013, page 68-71
  7. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/azarakhsh.htm
  8. ^ Iran unveils its new home-made front control wing stealth fighter aircraft - Airrecognition.com, February 2, 2013
  9. ^ a b Iranian Air Force Equipment
  10. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/simorgh.htm

Bibliography[edit]

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

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