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US vs Iran

Hybrid War

  • MiG-23/27; The Flogger attack version has seen improvements in avionics area and the ability to use smart munitions. Some of the smart munitions was developed in conjunction with Russian weapons manufacturers. They are also equipped with in- flight refuelling system. Su-24 Fencer has been improved.

  • F-7 fighters have also had their weapons and avionics improved. Iran is considering buying additional F-7MG aircraft to equip another 3-4 squadrons.

  • Nearly all US jets such as the F-14, F-4 and F-5E aircraft have been mastered in areas of maintenance especially when support in the fabrication of parts comes from China and weapons system fabrication comes with the help of Russia in exchange for inspecting US equipment for research.

  • It is rumoured that Iranians have received Su-30, a very powerful combat aircraft. The Su-30 may be going through the latest version that includes latest state of the art anti ship and submarine weapons and the much improved AA-12 Addar missiles and possibly a new missile as similar to the F-14 Pheonix. What's more they also have the latest weapons that goes with some Russian aircrafts.

  • Pilot training is very well planned. They have revamped their training programs. Years has been spent on developing an effective top gun training program. I was informed that an Iranian pilot gets 180 hours a year.

  • On top of this, it is rumoured that China might be supplying around 90 FC-1 combat aircraft and 60 F-10 combat aircraft.

“Today, Iran’s aviation industries produce flight avionics and communications gear, two types of engines, airframes, in-flight refuelling gear, and flight simulators. In addition, the IRIAF has produced a variety of ordnance, including both “dumb” (unguided) and “smart” (guided) bombs and air-to-air, air-to-ground, and surface-to-air missiles, including the Fatter air-to-air missile (a Sidewinder look-alike), the Sedjil (an air-to-air version of the Hawk surface-to-air missile), the AGM-379/20 Zoobin, the GBU-67/B Qadr, and the Sattar laser- guided air-to-ground missile.

The IRIAF has also begun producing aircraft. Recent examples include the Tazarve jet- trainer and the Saegheh fighter (the latter is based on the F-5E, but has a twin vertical tail configuration to improve takeoff and manoeuvring performance). ..

As for the IRGCAF, it has improved its technical base by concentrating most of its capability in a semi corporate entity, the Pars Aviation Services Company, which maintains the IRGCAF’s own combat and transport fleet and provides services to local airlines that operate

Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar

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