An Iranian fighter jet today crashed into Chabahar Bay in the Gulf of Oman. Two crew members were reported killed in the crash. The F-4 Phantom II air defense/attack aircraft was participating in Basij Week maneuvers near the town of Konrack in Sistan-Baluchistan province. The military has not released any other details. ( Picture: PressTV photo of an Iranian F-4 Phantom)
Iran purchased more than 220 of the Vietnam-era fighter jets in 1970s. The Phantoms were the backbone of IRIAF during the eight year war with Iraq. The Iranian F-4D’s and F-4E’s have been upgraded for their range, radar systems and moving target capabilities.
The Islamic Republic has kept its fleet of aging US-supplied aircraft flying through black market purchases of parts. US sanctions prohibit sale of military aircraft spare parts to Iran.