Javad Fakoori

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Javad Fakouri
Major General Fakori 2.JPG
Minister of National Defense
In office
12 August 1980 – 29 September 1981
PresidentAbulhassan Banisadr
Mohammad-Ali Rajai
Prime MinisterMohammad-Ali Rajai
Mohammad-Javad Bahonar
Preceded byMostafa Chamran
Succeeded byMousa Namjoo
Personal details
Born(1936-01-03)3 January 1936
Tabriz, Iran
Died29 September 1981(1981-09-29) (aged 42)
Kahrizak, Iran
Military service
Service/branchAir Force
Years of service1958–1981
Commands2nd Tactical Air Base
1st Tactical Air Base
Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force

Javad Fakouri (Persian: جواد فکوری‎, 3 January 1936 – 29 September 1981) was a prominent military official and defense minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran.


Fakouri was commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force at the rank of colonel. He entered the Iranian Air Force in 1958 as a fighter pilot of the North American F-100 Super Sabre. He later qualified on the F-4 fighter-bomber in 1967. He commanded a flight, squadron, wing and group of F-4 aircraft during the Pahlavi regime. In 1978 he was promoted to Colonel and stationed in Tehran as a Staff Officer. Despite the fact that one of his cousins was a leading member of the People's Mojahedin of Iran and had sought asylum in Sweden in 1980, he had the confidence of Khomeini and Rafsanjani[2] With the consent of Khomeini, then president Abolhasan Bani Sadr appointed him to this post in June 1980.[3][4]

Fakouri was the commander of the IRIAF during the Iran–Iraq War. He also served as defense minister from Spring 1981 to September 1981.[5] Fakouri replaced Mostafa Chamran as defense minister when the latter died in a plane crash accident during the Iran Iraq war. Mohammad Salimi replaced Fakouri as defense minister in 1981.[5]


Fakouri and other senior military officials including Valiollah Fallahi, Mousa Namjoo were killed in an air crash near Tehran on 29 September 1981.[5][6] He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Major General.


  1. ^ Nikola B. Schahgaldian, Gina Barkhordarian (March 1987), The Iranian Military Under the Islamic Republic (PDF), RAND, ISBN 0-8330-0777-7, retrieved 15 January 2017
  2. ^ Ehteshami Anous (1995). After Khomeini: The Iranian Second Republic. Routledge, Chapman & Hall, Incorporated. p. 22. ISBN 978-0-415-10879-9. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  3. ^ Dilip Hiro (1987). Iran Under the Ayatollahs. Routledge & Kegan Paul. p. 156. ISBN 978-0-7102-1123-1. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Iranian military chiefs reshuffled". Spokane Daily Chronicle. AP. 19 June 1980. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Sepehr Zabir (23 April 2012). The Iranian Military in Revolution and War (RLE Iran D). CRC Press. p. 277. ISBN 978-1-136-81270-5. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  6. ^ Sepehr Zabir (25 February 2011). Iran Since the Revolution (RLE Iran A). Routledge. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-415-61069-8. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
Military offices
Preceded by
Amir-Bahman Bagheri
Commander of the Iranian Air Force
Succeeded by
Mohammad-Hossein Moeinpour
Government offices
Preceded by
Mostafa Chamran
Minister of Defense
Succeeded by
Mousa Namjoo