New Claws For The Persian Cats

Babak Taghvaee discusses Iran’s programme to modernise its veteran F-14 Tomcats and upgrade their weapons

MILITARY F-14A TOMCAT

On July 23, 2018, during a ceremony at the Babaiee Missile Industries Company’s premises in Lavizan, northeast of Tehran, the serial production of the Iranian domestically built medium-range semi-active radar homing air-to-air missile (AAM), the AIM-23B Fakkur, was launched by Iranian Minister of Defence General Amir Hatami. Fakkur is only a part of a big project to restore the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force’s (IRIAF) Grumman F-14A Tomcat’s combat capability to keep the fighter as the backbone of the IRIAF’s interceptor fleet. The type is slated to remain in service with the 81st Tactical Fighter Squadron and 83rd Tactical Training Squadron at the IRIAF’s 8th Tactical Fighter Base (TFB) at Isfahan until 2040.

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