The Mirage F1 was obtained by Iran from elements of the Iraqi Air Force during the First Gulf War, which flew to Iran on orders from Saddam Hussein. At least three examples were seen participating at the National Military Day in Tehran in 2008.
Interesting pics thanks ! (no high res or more pics ?)
24 F1EQ and F1BQ flown over from Iraq during the 1991. Most of them are now operating from Mashhad AB (12 aircrafts could be seen on Mashad airport). According to some sources theses F1 are used by the Pasdarans' (IRGC) Air corps to fight drug smugglers.
One F1BQ crashed in 2000 and another (unknown type) shot down on the Iran/Afghan border by a MANPADS (Stinger ?) used by local narco warlords in 2001.
Some 75 examples of the Northrop F-5 type fighter are believed to be flying with the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force. It serves as the basis for Iran's indigenous fighter types, the Azarakhsh and Saegeh. Bottom photo taken at the 2008 Military Day in Tehran.
In many ways I find it amazing (maybe it is good Iranian communication skills) that page after page we are looking at military hardware that in other countries have been in the bone yard for several years, but in Iran (and by its supporters) one can parade all this stuff as it was the latest and the best there is.
It is enough to paint blue, add on a tail to a F5A that has the same age as me in order to make it jump several generations and even become a serious treat for modern western fighters.
It is enough to put a 14.5 mm on a poorly manufactured speed boat in order to make it a serious treat for the US Navy. Nobody is even ashamed when they pretend that it has stealth capabilities.
It is enough to repaint and install diesel engines in to Chinese T55 built decades ago in order to make it a major industrial achievement. We even admire photos of the “factories” that are merely big hangars and think they look so cool.
When the Iranians manufacture a fiberglass light helicopter just like many Americans makes themselves in their garage, it should be admired and considered as an achievement and photos are proudly displayed.
I have worked in the Iranian industry for many years and I think that I know quite well their strong and weak points (obviously there are both). But I must admit my pure admiration for their capability of “selling” BS as if it was the real thing, or maybe it is just that some guys desperately wants to believe it.
Rapier is in the same class and generation as Crotale, SAM-8 and Roland 2. Roland 2 have 6 km range, while Crotale and SAM-8 have 12+ km range. As I read China sell to Iran their version of Crotale and don't mix Crotale with Crotale NG.
Rapier good? It has a range of 7km and ceiling of 3km... That is way too little.
I agree. For semi mobile SHORAD system with this kind of guidance, this range is really to short, especially if we have in mind that some MANPADs like Igla-s and Mistral have 6 km range and work passively. I think here Iran made good move to produce the new generation of chinese MANPADs, which could do this job better than Rapier. Anyone know what is the status of RBS-70 in iranian army?