Rare behind the scenes video of Iranian Air Force Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer operations

The following interesting video shows daily operations at the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer, belonging to the 72nd Bomber Squadron at TAB-7 in Shiraz.

Mission briefing, dress rooms, flying clothing as well as a taxi ride by a journalist in the Fencer (this explains why he doesn’t wear a flight suit). Also cockpit images during buddy refueling and air-to-air footage of a KH-29L (AS-14 “Kedge” in NATO designation) air-to-surface laser-guided missile test fire.

A rare and quite long (unfortunately in original language) “behind the scenes” of one of the most interesting Iranian combat planes.

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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.


  1. Thank you, David, i noticd that. during the reporter’s briefing, he was shown a wall chart displaying a Su-24’s instrument panel. I saw that the aircraft is still using analog instruments. I know that the Su-24, along with most iranian combat planes, has been on IRIAF inventory for quite a few years. Are the Iranains capable of developing their own “heads-up” cpckpits or would they have to have someone make up the conversions for them?

    • Not sure how far they can go using indenous technology and know how, but I think that if they are able to build a nuclear site, they might be able to develop their own cockpit with or without foreign assistance.

  2. , yes it’s interesting in a soap box tv series kind of way, it would be awesome if you didn’t understand technology and your heros were up there looking after you..
    I think they have a long way to go before taking on the free world though…..

  3. Don’t make the mistake of underestimating Iran or the Iranian people. They are very smart and resourceful. Unlike the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia, where they rather have foreigners run the country, Iranians apply knowhow and do it themselves. I worked in Iran as an engineer. They are a very determined people. During the the time of the shah major infrastructure was put in place to rebuild and remanufacture spare parts for all military platforms, including rebuilding entire systems. These assets are currently being utilized very effectively. Iranian military have become experts, as the result of the Iran-Iraq war, in battle damage repair, and depot level type of maintenance. I speak farsi, actually the guy in this documentary has good sense of humor.

  4. iranian people (persian) have more than 2500 years independent cultural history begins with Famous “cyrous the great”.

    the history of iran shows that they are wery Solomonic pepole. please read the book “cyrous the great, champdor albert”

    ask me about iranians calture , i will tell you

    tank you

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