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-14s are in service [1] 80 examples were originally 80 (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
MiG-29A 30 1990-
According to Global Security, 30 MiG-29s are in service [1] 18 single-seat fighters and 6 two-seat trainers were received from the USSR. 4 additional aircraft (3 single-seaters and 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
24 1991- {24 were evacuated from Iraq, during the 1991 Gulf War}
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-
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
64 1968-
According to Global Security 60 F-4D/E and 4 RF-4Es are in service.[1] F-4Ds/Es are currently undergoing an upgrade program which includes a new Chinese-built radar and other avionics (PL 7,PL12).(According to the aviationist (October 2013) the Qader cruise missile that went into mass production was successfully tested on an F-4)[1] [6]
An IRIAF F-4E takeoffs.jpg
Northrop F-5 Tiger II  USA Fighter F-5E
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 the 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-24s 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 13~6 1991 7 ex-Iraqi Air Force examples which were transferred back to Iraq to fight ISIL[citation needed]

Future additions[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions Number Years Notes
HESA Shafaq  Iran Fighter Trainer / Attack aircraft 1 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 1 Domestically-produced front control wing stealth fighter.[9]
Saegheh 2  Iran Fighter Fighter jet 2 The new generation of Saeqeh is a twin-seat fighter jet, which has more power, mobility, navigation equipment, fire power, pay load and operational range compared to its single-seat version.[10]
B92  Iran Fighter Fighter jet 1 Iran’s Borhan fighter, which is also known as B92, has been completely manufactured by the Iranian military experts and has successfully passed wind tunnel tests..[11]

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
air-to-air refuelling tanker
1974- 1 tanker, 2 transports Global security reports that 1 707 is a tanker and 2 are transports.[1]
Boeing 707-3J9C, Iran - Air Force AN0969353.jpg
Boeing 747  USA VIP transport/freighter 747-100
6 2 tanker, 4 transports.[1]
Iranian Air Force Boeing 747-200 Sharifi.jpg
Dassault Falcon 20  France VIP transport 3
A IRIAF Dassault Falcon 20 lands at Mehrabad Airport.jpg
Dassault Falcon 50  France VIP transport  ?
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
Y-7  PRC utility transport 14 According to Global Security 14 Y-7's are in service.[1] [1]


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]


Aircraft Origin Type Variant Number[7] Years Notes Image
Boeing CH-47 Chinook  USA Heavy-lift transport helicopter CH-47C At least 12[1]
CH-47 Iran Air Force Esfahan March 2011.png
Bell 214  USA Search and rescue/medium-lift transport helicopter Bell 214C 30[1]
Agusta-Bell 212  ITA Light transport helicopter AB-212 Licence-built in Italy
Agusta Bell 206  ITA Trainer/light transport helicopter AB 206 4 Licence-built 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]


  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
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  4. ^ "Guardians of Tehran: Iranian 'Fulcrums'", by Babak Taghvaee. Combat Aircraft Monthly June 2012, page 70-73
  5. ^ a b "World Air Forces 2015" (PDF). 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 -, pg 18, December 11, 2012
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  9. ^ Iran unveils its new home-made front control wing stealth fighter aircraft -, February 2, 2013
  10. ^ Iran unveils its new home-made front control wing stealth fighter aircraft -, February 7, 2015
  11. ^ Iran unveils its new home-made front control wing stealth fighter aircraft -, February 16, 2015


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

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