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.
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.
It still baffles me how Iran is able to keep those Tomcats flying.
It is Russia that Iran needs
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
Iranian support of Hamas and Hezbollah is what you call “strength and stability”?
And the accuracy of dropping high altitude dumb bombs is…?
The Iran-Iraq war was TWENTY years ago.
The Iranians haven’t had parts for them in decades.