Watch this video of Iranian F-14 Tomcats escorting a Russian Tu-95 bomber during air strike in Syria

Nov 20 2015 - 21 Comments

Persian Tomcat and Russian Bear fly together during a strike mission against ground targets in Syria.

Something really interesting details have been exposed by the material released by Russia’s MoD lately.

Indeed, as you can see in the video below, IRIAF (Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force) F-14 Tomcat interceptors escorted Russian Air Force Tu-95 Bear bombers flying in Iranian airspace during their 9h 30mins missions (from Engels airbase and back, along the Iraq-Iran-Caspian Sea 6,500 km-long corridor) against terrorist targets in Syria.

F-14 IRIAF escort Tu-95 composite

With the U.S. Navy retiring the legendary F-14 in September 2006, nowadays the IRIAF is the only operator of the Tomcat, a type of aircraft that Tehran has kept airworthy throughout the years in spite of the embargo imposed after the 1979 Revolution.

Not only did the Iranians keep some F-14s in active service but they have also upgraded it with some domestic avionics upgrades and weapons that should extend the life of the last flying Tomcats until 2030.

  • IRAN’S Patriots

    Tomcats are unarmed! It cannot be Syria. Perhaps TU is overpassing Iran’s airspace.

  • IRAN’S Patriots

    AS i said : Tomcat is unarmed and it cannot be Syrian airspace.

  • One Man

    Sad to see the Tomcats flying in this situation.

  • E1-Kabong

    Where, oh where are all the lefty news outlets to decry the civilian casualties they may have created?

  • Hussein is busy bringing refugees to America to ensure they’ll vote democratic in 2020 or 2022 elections. He has abdicated his role as the leader of the free world.

    • disqus_STXkrV9NGc

      So bringing in refugees is undemocratic? Why?

  • Uniform223

    It still baffles me how Iran is able to keep those Tomcats flying.

  • arman

    It is Russia that Iran needs

  • arman

    If you open your eyes Persian cat in the perfection of strength and stability in the Middle East will Dyd.kh world’s most unsafe place to help these weapons and stable leadership

    • E1-Kabong

      Wow… That’s….special.

      Iranian support of Hamas and Hezbollah is what you call “strength and stability”?

      Special…

  • E1-Kabong

    And the accuracy of dropping high altitude dumb bombs is…?

  • E1-Kabong

    Yes, really.

    The Iran-Iraq war was TWENTY years ago.

    The Iranians haven’t had parts for them in decades.

  • E1-Kabong

    THIRTY YEARS of embargo…

    Prove they’re working.

    EVERY article written (Tom Cooper is a credible source, so is ACIG, etc) about the Iranian airforce says they struggle to get jets airworthy, let alone fully functional.
    A handful MAY be functional at a time, but the entire fleet is NOT.

  • samuel-Paris

    When the US Navy will replace the F-18 by the F-35A …..This time , Iranian air force will be stronger with their F-14…..If one day the F-35 will really fly on the carrier ;-)

    The American Air Force (Navy ,Air Force , Marine ) spend lot of money to go back to the situation when the F-105 flew above Viet-Nam

    In 10 years, when the F-15, F-16 , F-18 (70’s dev ) and A-10 will go to aircraft boneyard , is not yours 187 F-22 (with lot of problems ) , you will control the Taiwan strait

  • E1-Kabong

    WTF?

    You really should catch up on the last 25 or so years of PGM technology.

    Carpet bombing is SO 70’s….

  • I even doubt that.

  • Bob Kon

    That is if you believe it! There are no armaments attached and were did the Iranians get the F-14 footage from the Russians?

  • Bob Kon

    not if you have the original amo I bet they have rusted in place since 79!

  • Bob Kon

    Thats fasle, the only F-14s with Hughs AWG-9 over the horizon radar were US Navy Tomcats never the export versions!

  • Bob Kon

    thats true of Iranian F-14s not US Navy Tomcats as they did have over the horizon AWG-9 Hughs Radar!

  • Bob Kon

    Later vs of Tomcat was to include Smart Bombing which they were very successful in the middle east hense one of its nicknames BombCat