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 December 11, 2012.

The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force is equipped with a fleet of F-4 Phantom II and F-14 Tomcat aircraft provided by the United States before the Iranian Revolution. Iran also produces its own fighter jets, such as the HESA Saeqeh

Combat types[edit]

Air Superiority Fighters[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number[1] Years Notes
Grumman F-14 Tomcat  USA Air Superiority Fighter F-14AM 70; 44 modernized to F-14AM 1974-1979 79 originally received; 44 Upgraded to F-14AM.[2]
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum  Russia Fighter
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.[3]
Dassault Mirage F1  France Fighter F1EQ5
10 1991-

Multirole Fighters[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number[1] Years Notes
Chengdu F-7 Airguard  China Fighter F-7M 17 1986-
HESA Saeqeh  Iran Fighter Two versions have been observed Less than 24 as of February 2010[4] January 2010 Six serial numbers (3-7366 through 3-7371) have been identified via photographic evidence.
McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II  USA Fighter F-4D
Originally received 225; 60 modernized 1968-
F-4D/E are currently undergoing an upgrade program which includes a new Chinese-built radar and other avionics. 60 modernized Global Security.[2][5]
Northrop F-5 Tiger II  USA Fighter F-5E
Originally received 140; 60 modernized Global Security 60 F-5's modernized[2]

Ground attack[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number[1] Years Notes
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.[6]
Sukhoi Su-24  Russia Strike/air-to-air refuelling tanker Su-24MK 27 Upgraded with night vision.
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.[7]

Reconnaissance, patrol, and EW[edit]

Maritime Patrol[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number[1] Years Notes
Lockheed P-3 Orion  USA maritime patrol P-3F 5 1974- Belong solely to the IRIN

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[1] Years Notes
(Rockwell) Aero Commander 500 family  USA utility transport 681
2 1970-99
Boeing 707  USA VIP transport
air-to-air refuelling tanker
1974- 1 tanker, 2 transports
Boeing 747  USA VIP transport/freighter 747-100
6 1 tanker, 5 transports
Dassault Falcon 50  France VIP transport 3
Fokker F27 Friendship  Netherlands tactical airlift/transport and target towing F27-400M
12 1972-
Ilyushin Il-76 Candid  Russia transport 5
Lockheed C-130 Hercules  USA tactical airlift/transport C-130E
Lockheed JetStar  USA VIP transport JetStar 8 2 1 operational in 2008
Pilatus PC-6 Porter   Switzerland utility transport 13


Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number[1] Years Notes
Northrop F-5  USA Trainer F-5F 10
Chengdu J-7  China FT-7 4
Fajr-3  Iran trainer F.3 2
Dorna/Tazarv  Iran trainer 25 1 as of 2005, 25 planned for 2010[8]
IAMI Parastoo  Iran trainer 12 12 as of 2005 [8]
HESA Simorgh  Iran trainer 7+ F-5As converted domestically to F-5B standard, 13 total planned.[9]
Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer   Switzerland trainer 35

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]




  1. ^ a b c d e f World Air Forces 2013 -, pg 18, December 11, 2012
  2. ^ a b c
  3. ^ "Guardians of Tehran: Iranian 'Fulcrums'", by Babak Taghvaee. Combat Aircraft Monthly June 2012, page 70-73
  4. ^ Iran launches Saeqeh fighter-bomber squadron auf PressTV
  5. ^ "The Last Sharpshooters", by Babak Taghvaee. Combat Aircraft Monthly January 2013, page 68-71
  6. ^
  7. ^ Iran unveils its new home-made front control wing stealth fighter aircraft -, February 2, 2013
  8. ^ a b Iranian Air Force Equipment
  9. ^


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

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