The following image depics an Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) F-4E Phantom landing at Tehran – Mehrabad International airport at the end of its test flight over overhaul activity conducted at the local Mehrabad center.
Noteworthy, the image was taken in March 2013, hence in the same days of the weird, Top Gun-like intercept of two F-4s that were getting a bit too close to an American MQ-1 Predator drone flying an intelligence gathering mission in international airspace some 16 miles off Iran: as already reported, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh explained that an F-22 stealth fighter escorting the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) silently flew next to the two Iranian Phantoms, checked their armament, popped up on their left wing and then radioed: “you really ought to go home!”
Something like the famous “Watch the birdie” of Goose and Maverick in Top Gun.
Reportedly, F-4E Phantoms of the IRIAF (multi-role aircraft mainly focused on the air-to-surface role), armed with AIM-9Ps and AIM-7E air-to-air missiles fly routine patrol flights over the Persian Gulf.
Image credit: Babak Taghvaee
HAHA I love this. You aren’t trying if you aren’t cheating .. Bet the Double Ugly pilots had to change suits upon wind down.
So the cost-effective Predator drone needs to be protected by a F-22?
And if they don’t like we’ll shoot down another one of their Airbusses.
This attitude is why US will not be the only superpower in 2050
Iran has AIM-9J, not P.
Might need to stop being so belligerent when they have their nuclear deterrent…