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    Members can post here, resources about the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF).

    Air Force


    Information on the Iranian Armed Forces is not widely available and post-revolution the forces are known to have gone through several major reorganisations (especially in the mid-90s). The information presented here is a reflection of what is know and published in open sources and not all reorganisations are reflected in this overview. Updates, additions and corrections are therefore very welcome!

    A brief history

    An Air Arm in the Persian Forces was established in the mid-20s. Operating De Havilland DH-82 Tiger Moths, Hawker Furies, Audax's and Hinds. In August 1955 the air arm (then called Imperial Iranian Air Force (IIAF)) gained independence and fell under the Ministry of War (Aviation Department). Under the Shas rule the USA supplied a large number of combat aircraft including 79 F-14A Tomcats, 32 F-4D Phantoms, 177 F-4Es and 16 RF-4Es, 140 F-5Es and 28 dual seat F-5Fs. Iran Air Defense relied heavily on western hardware until an arms-embargo was established when militant Iranian students seized the US Embassy in Tehran on 4 November 1979. Due to the seizure of spare parts delivery, the operational status of the western equipment deteriorated quickly (despite the US delivered equipment during the Iran gate scandal under the Ronald Reagan/George Bush Administration). The Iran-Iraq war resulted in a huge boost of the indigenous arms industry and through local production of arms and spare parts, the Iranian Armed Forces kept its assets airworthy. After the February 1979 revolution the only western deliveries were 35 Pilatus PC-7, 15 PC-6 Porters and 15 Brazilian-built EMB312 Tucano trainers. These deliveries took place between 1983 and 1990. The main non-western suppliers of aircraft and support have undoubtedly been China with their deliveries of F-7M (MiG-21) and and Russia with the MiG-29, An-74, Su-24MK (some ex Iraq AF) and Il-76TDs (some ex Iraq AF).

    Mid 1991, during the 2nd Gulf War a lot of Iraq Air Force pilot fled to their neighboring country Iran, supplying the IRIAF with a large number of aircraft including Mirage F1BQ/EQ (which now forms at least one sauqdron at Mashhad), Su-24MK Fencer-Ds, MiG-29 Fulcrums, Su-20s, Su-22M Fitters, Su-25 Frogfoots, MiG-23s in several configurations and a number of Il-76s. At least the Mirages and the Su-24MKs gained operational status.

    The air arm of the Iranian armed forces has drawn a lot of media attention lately by revealing some of the locally produced and upgraded hardware during the Khoramshahr Air Exhibition held in May and June 2002 and the Iran International Air Show held at Kish Island (OIBK) in October and November 2002. Iran is clearly trying to achieve a totally self-sufficient armaments capability and is doing quite well taking into account that the arms trade had come to a total stand-still since the 1979 revolution. Some of the projects currently undertaken by the local industries like the Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industries (IAMI) in conjunction with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are:

    The Simorgh is a Northrop F-5A to F-5B conversion by the Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industries (IAMI) at Shahin Shahr Isfahan

    Shafagh, a two-seat Advanced training and Attack aircraft that is allegedly based on the Russian-Iranian "Project Integral". Plans are to produce three versions of the Shafagh. One two-seat trainer/light strike version and two one-seat fighter-bomber versions. They will be fitted with Russian ejection seats.

    Parastu (Swallow), a reverse-engineered Beech F33 Bonanza

    Azarakhsh (Lightning), a reverse engineered F-5E.

    JT2-2 Tazarv, the third prototype of the jet-powered Dorna (Lark) which is a light trainer

    Shahed 274, a locally designed light helicopter with a combination of components of several helicopter-types, mainly the Bell 206.

    Shavabiz 75, a reverse-engineered Bell 214C

    Project 2061, a reverse-engineered Bell 206

    Project 2091, an upgrade program of the AH-1J

    Iran-140, a license built Antonov An-140

    Besides these projects the local aviation industry performs upgrades and overhaul programs on a high technical level on the complete fleet of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.

    It is confirmed that an unknown number of "new" Su-25s were delivered to the Iranian Revolution Guards Corps Air Force (IRGCAF) in 2003. Where these Frogfoots originate from is unclear. During an arms exhibition at Tehran-Mehrabad set up to commemorate the 8-year war with Iraq, a Su-25 was shown to the public. Also an F-14A and a JT2-2 Tazarv were displayed.

    Airbase structure
    The IRIAF Airbase structure consists of a number of Tactical Air Bases which are numbered.
    • 1st Tactical Air Base , Tehran Mehrabad (OIII)
    • 2nd Tactical Air Base , Tabriz (OITT)
    • 3rd Tactical Air Base , Nojeh/Hamadan (OIHH)
    • 4th Tactical Air Base , Vahdati/Dezful (OIAD)
    • 5th Tactical Air Base , Shahid Ardestani/Omidiyeh (OIAJ)
    • 6th Tactical Air Base , Bushehr (OIBB)
    • 7th Tactical Air Base , Shahid Dastghaib/Shiraz (OISS)
    • 8th Tactical Air Base , Shahid Beheshti/Esfahan (OIFM)
    • 9th Tactical Air Base , Bandar Abbas (OIKB)
    • 10th Tactical Air Base , Kangan/Chah Bahar (OIZC)
    • 12th Tactical Air Base , Shahid Asyaee/Masjed Suleyman (OIAI)
    • 13th Tactical Air Base, Gayem al-Mohammad (OIxx)
    • 14th Tactical Air Base, Hashemi Nejad/Mashhad (OIMM)
    Unknown airbase assignments are:
    • Tehran-Ghale-Morghi (OIIG)
    • ??th Tactical Air Base, Shahid Ashrafi Esfahani(aka Bakhtaran and Kermanshah) (OICC)
    • ??th Tactical Air Base, Tehran-Doshan/Tappeh (OIID)
    • ??th Tactical Air Base, Zahedan (OIZH)
    • ??th Tactical Air Base, Masjed Suleyman (OIAI) (aka Shahid Asyaee)
    • ??th Tactical Air Base, Aghajari (OIAG)
    • ??th Tactical Air Base, Kerman (OIKK)
    • ??th Tactical Air Base, Mahabad (OI??)
    • ??th Tactical Air Base, Ahwaz (OIAW)
    • ??th Tactical Air Base, Khorramshahr (OI??)
    • ??th Tactical Air Base, Khark Island (OIBQ)
    • ??th Tactical Air Base, Nou Shahr (OINN) (Noshahr)
    • ??th Tactical Air Base, Abamusa Island (OIBA)
    • ??th Tactical Air Base, Badr (OIFP) (aka Sepah Air Base)
    Last edited by Gonjeeshk; 05-15-2014, 08:52 PM.

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    Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:30

    Iran Unveils 1st Home-Made Simulator for Mirage Fighters

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran on Tuesday unveiled and launched its first home-made Mirage fighter jet simulator in a ceremony attended by Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) Brigadier General Hassan Shahsafi.

    The Mirage simulator system has been designed and built by Iranian engineers and all its parts have been produced domestically.

    Military officials said the machine enjoys the capability to simulate flights in different weather conditions.

    The officials also said that the simulator has been built to enhance pilots' preciseness and skills as well as flight safety and reduce the costs.

    Iranian experts have made huge progress in designing and developing various types of military simulators in recent years. Simulators help cadets receive better training and test their piloting and shooting skills in various weather conditions.

    The product helps the country save millions of dollars.

    In January, Iran’s Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base unveiled simulators for anti-aircraft Hawk and Skyguard missile systems.

    Commander of Iran’s Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli pointed to the unique specifications of these two missile systems simulators, and said, “We can simulate targets in real-scales and in different classes of missiles, airplanes, helicopters and drones by using these simulators which are completely independent and needless of operating systems.”

    He explained that the simulators have been designed fully similar to the main (missile) systems in terms of appearance, keys and panels, and said, “All training phases of these systems can be seen through closed-circuit cameras and computers by trainer and the trainer can evaluate operators’ reactions.”

    Iran has recently renewed and upgraded the weapons and defense systems of its air defense units.

    Earlier this year, General Esmayeeli announced that experts and engineers of Iran’s Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base have successfully designed and manufactured a simulator for anti-aircraft Hawk missile system.

    “Production of this simulator enabled us to teach all the officers need about Hawk anti-aircraft missile system,” he said at the time.

    Brigadier General Esmayeeli hailed Iranian experts' unsparing efforts to achieve self-sufficiency in producing the needed equipment for the country's air defense systems.

    Senior Iranian military officials announced in September 2010 that Iran gained self-sufficiency in manufacturing simulators, adding that the country possessed more than 800 home-made simulators then.

    In August 2010, the Iranian Army started using two home-made Cobra Chopper simulators in an airborne base in n Iran's western city of Kermanshah.

    In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and gained self-sufficiency in manufacturing essential military hardware and defense systems.
    Last edited by Gonjeeshk; 05-14-2014, 10:30 PM.


    • #3

      This photograph of L-1329-8 JetStar serial number 1004 is one of the few, post-revolution photographs we were able to obtain. It is used for VIP flights; and possibly, calibration flights from Tehran-Mehrabad and it previously had the registration EP-VRP.

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      Last edited by Gonjeeshk; 11-23-2014, 03:32 PM.


      • #4

        You can discuss whether this is a civilian aircraft or not. The fact is, that you will not see many civilian aircraft equipped with a fully-operational, refuelling boom. This Boeing 747, registration EP-SHD of SAHA "airlines" is in fact, owned by the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (Service Ertebaataat Havaaee Artesh (Military Air Transport Service)). Several examples were seen at Schipol Airport in the Netherlands in 1992 and 1993.

        Schipol, 28th of December 1992 Photo: Peter Heeneman

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        Last edited by Gonjeeshk; 11-23-2014, 03:37 PM.


        • #5

          Iran still operates a large fleet of C-130 Hercules, even after the arms-embargoes were established. The local aviation industry has developed programmes to maintain and upgrade these aircraft.


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              Pakistan Army paratroops leave the twin doors of an (ex-Iranian AF) C-130B.



              • #8
                Iranian P-3F escorted by VF-213 Tomcat.



                • #9
                  Iran F4 Phantom refueling in Fourth Velayat air force maneuvers


                  • #10
                    Is that an F-4D with blue, training bombs, Ambroid?


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                      Yes, its an F-4D, and those training bombs are possibly JDAMs.


                      • #12
                        That's interesting, Ambroid. Iran is making progress in producing aircraft weaponry but, not so much in producing aircraft.

                        It's also the only, current operator of F-4Ds.


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                          In the 1980s, Iran Outfitted F-14s as Heavy Bombers

                          One Iranian Tomcat lobbed a 7,000-pound munition



                          • #14
                            ??? - The Ayatollah's Air Force



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