Iranian Air Force RF-4 jets

Despite establishing domestic production of many military vehicle types, including jets, in light of a UN ban on weapons sales, Iran still uses RF-4s obtained from the US in the 1960-70s, during the time of the Imperial State of Iran.

The Iranian Air Force equipped its fleet of McDonnell Douglas RF-4 jets with new domestically made “Samat” cameras for aerial reconnaissance ahead of their participation in the Fadayeeyan Harim Velayat drills in the central province of Isfahan.

The RF-4s, first shipped to Iran by the US during the 1960s and 1970s when the two were allies, have taken part in the war games alongside Iranian-made “Kaman-12” drones.

Together, they performed sorties over a hypothetical enemy’s territory, taking pictures of the opponent’s positions and conducting electronic surveillance, during the first day of the two-day exercise, which kicked off on 2 November.

Apart from reconnaissance missions, Iran’s Air Force practiced striking targets using fighter jets and bombers armed with domestically developed missiles and smart bombs, Air Force spokesman Brigadier General Farhad Goodarzi revealed.

According to him, the drills are being held to send a message of “stability, friendship and sustainable peace” to other regional powers. He warned potential adversaries, however, against making “miscalculations” and attacking the Islamic Republic, vowing that it would give a “crushing” response.

The Fadayeeyan Harim Velayat drills take place each year and in 2020, units from seven Iranian air bases are taking part in the war games. An array of Iranian fighter jets, bombers, transport and tanker aircraft, and drones are taking part in the exercise, which is aimed at refining modern warfare tactics designed to respond to “emerging military threats”, according to Air Force Commander Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh.

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The latest Iranian drills come amid a continuing confrontation between Tehran and Washington, which has intensified in recent years due to the increased presence of American military vessels in the Persian Gulf region despite the Islamic Republic’s objections.

 

Source: Sputnik

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George
George
2020-11-06 00:51

One can be sure, Iran has the best equipment that they could get their hands on. Clone and design their own versions of it. I would really they also have a very large team of young engineers, reverse engineering all cilivian, electronics and optical products. With reuse of components in mind for other applications. And now Russia and China can sell both military and dual use components above board to Iran. One would think they had their orders long filled out in advance. And warehouses are quietly filling up. Especially at electronics, electro-optical, and optical components levels. Where they can… Read more »

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-11-06 19:55
Reply to  George

They’re not even able to mass produce F-5 copies despite having released a few prototypes. They’re barely able to copy its 50’s J85 engine only since 2016!

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-11-06 19:57
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

Were they clever, they’d rev-engineer the F-4’s J79 engine and copy Mirage-F1 fit with the J79, just like Israel did with the Mirage-III => Nesher/Kfir. At least, they could double their fighter fleet of F4 since the M-F1 uses a single engine and the J79 can fit instead of the Atar!

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-11-06 20:07
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

BTW, the J79 is 1955 tech and was also used by F-104, B-58, F-16/79, A-5 Vigilante and Iran seized 24 Iraqi M-F1 in 1991. Were they capable in Rev-engineering, it’d make much more sense to copy the Mirage-F1 than the much less potent F-5!!!

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-11-06 20:13

Didn’t they noticed nobody still uses dedicated recon versions of jet-fighters since everybody fits reece pods on regular ones for near 4 decades? Except a few MiG-29, Mirage-F1, any jet fighter in IRIAF have their place in museums, especially the F-14s since US destroyed all their retired ones.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-11-06 20:55
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

I really ask myself what goes thru IRIAF’s heads and why they copy the F-5 Tiger: the Mirage-F1 wouldn’t be harder to copy and you need few mods to adapt the F-4’s J79 engine. Even if they’re unable to copy the engine, they could have the double of their F-4s by re-using the engines

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-11-06 21:01
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

Same thing for their F-14s’ TF-30: these could allow having single-engine figters similar to Mirage-2000, J-10 or F-16, there was even a Mirage-F2 supposed to use the TF30, the F1 being a scalled down version of the M-F2…

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-11-06 21:06
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

Nevertheless, the Iranian regime was really dumb to engage in the reverse engineering of the F-5’s J85 engine: the F-4’s J79 is also 1955 technology and would had been way more useful, Israel copied these and made their excellent Kfir, a Mirage-3/5 copy with canards, thanks to J79. Iran’s regime is braindead