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Iranian Air Force Equips F-14 Fighter Jets with Hi-Tech Radars
FARS News Agency, Iran ^ | 2011-05-01

Posted on 05/01/2011 7:05:34 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

Iranian Air Force Equips F-14 Fighter Jets with Hi-Tech Radars

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force has equipped all its F-14 fighter jets with highly advanced radars, Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army Rear Admiral Farhad Amiri announced on Sunday.

"The radar system of these fighters are highly complicated because it consists of a set of separated parts which should be linked to each other when they are mounted on the fighter jet, and this is a very complex scientific and technological process," Amiri told FNA.

"Our radars used to be mainly American and British in the past and these were the Americans and the British who determined the place for mounting our radar systems and they were, thus, fully informed of their blind spots," he said.

"But today that we produce all our radar systems domestically, we ourselves specify the place where these systems should be mounted and installed," the senior Army official said, and added, "And we cover the blind spots with other systems."

Iranian officials have announced that the country has now reached self-sufficiency in producing radar systems in different frequencies and for various ranges.

Also, Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Ahmad Miqani announced in November that the country's experts are boosting the range of home-made air defense radar systems to 3000km.

"Iran is working on a radar system that can cover areas within a range of 3,000 km," Miqani said, adding that the system will enable the country to identify all flying objects around the country.

A senior Iranian Air Defense commander also said in October that Iran's radar systems can detect all flying objects in the entire region, even in the Persian Gulf littoral states.

"In addition to the Southern borders and waters, all Persian Gulf littoral states are under the cover of the radars of the Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base," Commander of the Air Defense Unit of Southeastern Iran General Habibollah Alizadeh told FNA at the time.

Referring to the production of radar equipment and instruments inside the country, he said that Iran has gained self-sufficiency in producing radar systems and it is no more dependant on any foreign country in this ground.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; f14; iran; radar

1 posted on 05/01/2011 7:05:39 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Iran should have ceased to exist November 5, 1979, but we had no president then either.
2 posted on 05/01/2011 7:11:41 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

“The radar system of these fighters are highly complicated because it consists of a set of separated parts which should be linked to each other when they are mounted on the fighter jet, and this is a very complex scientific and technological process,”

They’re using a string and two soup cans tied together?


3 posted on 05/01/2011 7:12:31 AM PDT by 2CAVTrooper (For those who have had to fight for it, freedom has a flavor the protected shall never know.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

these planes should have been converted to charred wreckage during or immediatly after the hostage saga


4 posted on 05/01/2011 7:12:37 AM PDT by wny
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To: sukhoi-30mki

5 posted on 05/01/2011 7:17:01 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1 .00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

This news story is hard to believe. I read somewhere that in 1979, when the Shah was overthrown, the U.S. Defense Contractors who were help maintaining the Fleet essentially disabled the planes.

The ravages of time and inability to get parts probably hamstrung the Iranians to put together only a small number of jets.


6 posted on 05/01/2011 7:17:13 AM PDT by Psycho_Runner (I never voted for change, I prefer folding money.)
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To: 2CAVTrooper

I guess they cant figure out how fiber optic cable works.


7 posted on 05/01/2011 7:18:58 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1 .00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: 2CAVTrooper

I guess they cant figure out how fiber optic cable works.


8 posted on 05/01/2011 7:19:28 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1 .00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: 2CAVTrooper

I guess they cant figure out how fiber optic cable works.


9 posted on 05/01/2011 7:20:30 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1 .00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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DAmnit! Iranians are hacking my account!


10 posted on 05/01/2011 7:21:46 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1 .00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
"The radar system of these fighters are highly complicated because it consists of a set of separated parts which should be linked to each other when they are mounted on the fighter jet, and this is a very complex scientific and technological process," Amiri told FNA.


11 posted on 05/01/2011 7:21:56 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
"Iran is working on a radar system that can cover areas within a range of 3,000 km,"

Line of sight to an air breathing target from the surface is about 220 NM. Unless he is describing an over-the-horizon capability, this is pure BS and empty braggadocio. Whom, exactly, does he think he's fooling? Certainly not himself.

12 posted on 05/01/2011 7:25:01 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

13 posted on 05/01/2011 7:25:23 AM PDT by EvasiveManuever (Shakespeare got it wrong. Not the lawyers... journalists.)
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To: ASA Vet
Iran should have ceased to exist November 5, 1979, but we had no president then either.

Hey he was busy getting the hostages out of Iran via a LARGE stick and meaningful rhetoric!..................

Oh....wait a minute.... that was Reagan in 1981 wasn't it.

I sure hope to he!! we have just as great an American as a successor after Obama as we had after Carter.

We desperately need one.

14 posted on 05/01/2011 7:26:46 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Psycho_Runner

I was working as a technician for a defense contractor when the Shah was overthrown. One of the things being manufactured was a key component for the actuators on the variable geometry wing of the Tomcat. The pieces that were part of the purchase order from the Iranians got damaged (deliberately) by the shop workers.

Did the Soviets wind up doing some reverse engineering of the Tomcat? The Mullahs did provide samples of the Phoenix and the radar.


15 posted on 05/01/2011 7:32:43 AM PDT by Fred Hayek (All Hail the No Talent Pop Star pResident.)
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To: mylife

NOTHING....NOTHING beats a super heterodyne!!! LOL!


16 posted on 05/01/2011 7:35:38 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I would not believe Iranian claims. They are lucky to keep some of their F-14s in the air.


17 posted on 05/01/2011 8:00:54 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Iranian F-14 aka lawn dart or artificial reef eventually.


18 posted on 05/01/2011 8:02:49 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: ASA Vet

We’re do they get the parts to keep those babies flying?


19 posted on 05/01/2011 8:04:41 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Maybe it’s just the angle the photo was taken at, but are the wings on an F-14 supposed to look like that in flight?
“Ahmed! Quit cranking or you’ll cut the tail off this plane too!”


20 posted on 05/01/2011 8:22:39 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: sukhoi-30mki

In the early 80s the USN had a series of F14A crashes. On inspection they found metal fategue cracks* in the forward fuselage abeam the intakes [simular to the F15C issue that showed up in the last decade]. That is why the USN phased out the F14A for F14D in the late-80s/early-90s.

By now, Iran would have to had rebuilt and reinforced their F14A airframes. Or restricted them to less than 2G. The design flaw would have taken longer to show since Iran does not do carrier ops but, it would show. The Iranians do not use their F14s as fighters but, as mini-AWACS. No hard maneuvers...

*One of the F14A crashes was in my squadron in 1983. No survivors.


21 posted on 05/01/2011 8:28:42 AM PDT by DJ Elliott (Montrose Toast Blog)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

“range of home-made air defense radar systems to 3000km. “

ROFL!


22 posted on 05/01/2011 8:29:45 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: Anti-Bubba182
I would not believe Iranian claims. They are lucky to keep some of their F-14s in the air.

Iran has a habit of coming up with band-aid fixes to legacy systems for its military needs, and then portraying them as cutting/edge.

Case in point is their "new" fighter aircraft, which is a highly modified F-5 drawn from their existing stocks and reworked/overhauled with some structural improvements (like twin tails):



Or their "advanced" attack helicopter, which is really just a revised, single-seat Jet Ranger lacking capability that was present in the first generation AH-1 (it looks like it has a FIXED forward chin gun ... somewhere in 7.62 caliber):

When Iran starts being able to sell its stuff on the international market, at least to the serious players out there (although I think even 3rd world hellholes like Zimbabwe can still afford the more preferable Russian toss-offs), we'll know their capability meets their PR.
23 posted on 05/01/2011 8:44:23 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: tanknetter
"..When Iran starts being able to sell its stuff on the international market, at least to the serious players out there (although I think even 3rd world hellholes like Zimbabwe can still afford the more preferable Russian toss-offs), we'll know their capability meets their PR. .."

Definitely! Then we will know. Since they are not presently selling their equipment we know it is second rate.

24 posted on 05/01/2011 8:51:03 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: EGPWS

Were mixing it down baby!


25 posted on 05/01/2011 8:55:46 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1 .00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: EGPWS

26 posted on 05/01/2011 8:59:45 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1 .00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: ASA Vet

We only had 3 actual Presidents since ‘79, Reagan, 41 and 43.


27 posted on 05/01/2011 9:03:09 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: tanknetter
Hey that was a nice customized F-5! Those twin tails are the bomb! And the paint.... whoa, Dude.

If I were doing it, I would have given it a more low-rider capability, turning it into a jump-jet with at least 1-meter vertical capability.

I like the Honda Civic big bore exhaust, but I am wondering if they put in an extra alternator to power the 300 amp bass amplifier. Also, purple nav lights, and a tuck and roll on the pilot's seat would be nice. Hey, and don't forget the roll bar, I know it's kind of dweebish, but it would give us a place to lash the boogie boards. Can't wait to see more of this shop's work.

Working now to make Jan and Dean CD's in Farsi. Beach Boys, too!

28 posted on 05/01/2011 9:05:12 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (We live in America's "Awkward" Era. Too late to fix the country. To early to start shooting.)
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To: Fred Hayek

Luckily the statute of limitations has passed, otherwise, The One would be pushing for indictments !

> One of the things being manufactured was a key component for the actuators on the variable geometry wing of the Tomcat. The pieces that were part of the purchase order from the Iranians got damaged (deliberately) by the shop workers.


29 posted on 05/01/2011 9:05:42 AM PDT by CORedneck
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30 posted on 05/01/2011 9:18:09 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Anti-Bubba182; Psycho_Runner

It’s hard to keep track of the number, because they crash them periodically, but there are probably a few under 30 left that are still flying.


31 posted on 05/01/2011 9:50:43 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Iranian RIOs need curb-feelers to get a contact.


32 posted on 05/01/2011 10:53:37 AM PDT by paddles ("The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." Tacitus)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I always liked the Tomcat.

If nothing else, the roar of the engines would make the enemy drop their weapons and crap their pants.


33 posted on 05/01/2011 11:11:31 AM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

They may have a “new” radar but how are those 40 year old Pratt and Whitney powerplants doing without a spare parts bin?

I really doubt too many of these Iranian Tomcats are flying.


34 posted on 05/01/2011 1:09:42 PM PDT by hattend (How much do you have to invest in the future before you've spent it and no longer have one? - Steyn)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Would the Chinese be “helping” out ?


35 posted on 05/01/2011 7:54:54 PM PDT by IndianChief
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To: IndianChief

Radar technology and Engines are not China’s forte though it can’t be ruled out. The Russians, that’s another matter.


36 posted on 05/01/2011 8:14:36 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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