Superb! any idea how many F 14s IRIAF operates?
79 airframes were delivered out of the 80 ordered. One was left behind in California as a casualty of the revolution and subsequent US embargo. About a dozen were lost or cannibalized in the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88) and another 4 lost to accidents. Most informed observers believe that Iran has about 55 air-worthy airframes and the refurbishment and avionic upgrades were started in 2000 with the intention of keeping the IRIAF F-14A fleet operational till 2015 when suitable replacement is found.
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