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US vs Iran

Hybrid War

seventeen Tupolev Tu-154 passenger planes. Yet despite significant strides in this area, Iran continues to experience problems maintaining its aging fleet of military and civilian aircraft, a fact that has contributed to a number of major aviation disasters in the past decade.”[22]

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 their regular military exercises and exhibitions. 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 near total stand- still since the 1979 revolution. Some of the past and present projects undertaken by the local industries are:

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

  • Azarakhsh (Lightning), an improved version of (F-5E).

  • Saegheh (Lightning)

  • 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

  • Tazarv, 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

SHAFAGH Shafaq is an advanced light stealth attack /trainer aircraft designed by the Aviation University

Complex (AUC), part of the Malek Ashtar University of Technology and Russia's Mikoyan Design Bureau. In 2003 the “Avenik’s Aviation”[23] reported that the aircraft was nearly identical to the Russian Mikoyan I-2000 light tactical fighter design proposed under the Russian LFI-program. Russia, due to unknown reasons, later apparently backed away from

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