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.
not if you have the original amo I bet they have rusted in place since 79!
Thats fasle, the only F-14s with Hughs AWG-9 over the horizon radar were US Navy Tomcats never the export versions!
thats true of Iranian F-14s not US Navy Tomcats as they did have over the horizon AWG-9 Hughs Radar!
Later vs of Tomcat was to include Smart Bombing which they were very successful in the middle east hense one of its nicknames BombCat
The Tomcats are unarmed. As usual, they take them up for a PHOTOEX and then make all kinds of grandiose statements about their operational capabilities. The Iranians are doing this to cover up the fact that their Air Force is nearly non-functional.