Friday, July 31, 2009
Project Sky Hawk
Iranian F-14 Tomcat with MIM-23 I-HAWK round
The initial plan of Project Sky Hawk was to successfully mount and accurately fire a MIM-23 I-HAWK round in the place of the dwindling stocks of the American made AIM-54 Phoenix missile.
Video of Iranian F-14 with HAWK SAM
The I-HAWK is a SAM (Surface to Air Missile) so marrying it up with the F-14 was going to be a difficult task for Iranian technicians.
One HAWK was test-fired from an F-14 on in April of 1986, but if the missile fired from the F-14 had any hope of scoring a hit, the F-14 would have to fly at no less than 10,000 ft and Mac 0.75 with the target at between 30,000 and 50,000 ft. Test-firing also had to be carefully conducted eventually proving that in the heat of combat it would be extremely unreliable.
It was eventually discontinued, a similar idea was done with the testing of Sedjil missile on the F-14 during the 1990's a few years after the war had ended.