In the 1980s, Iran Outfitted F-14s as Heavy Bombers
Nearly 30 years, ago, the Iranian air force modified its U.S.-built F-14 Tomcat fighters to carry air-to-ground ordnance—including, in one spectacular case, a massive, 3.5-ton bomb. Iran’s bitter enemy Iraq actually inspired the idea of outfitting the twin-engine, swing-wing F-14s as bombers. Iran and Iraq fought a bloody war... Read more
In 1980s Battle With America, Iran Held Back Its Deadliest Missiles
On April 18, 1988, the U.S. Navy launched Operation Praying Mantis, an air and naval assault on Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf. In a single day of intensive fighting, the Americans sank two of Tehran’s vessels and damaged other ships plus oil platforms, killing more than 50 Iranians.... Read more
Iran Adds Flying Boats and Small Copters to Its Aerial Swarms
Two thousand years ago, a Roman legion led by Marcus Licinius Crassus was marching toward Persian lands. Iran, ruled by the Partian Empire, was in no position to defeat this massive attack. Ten thousand soldiers under Iranian general Sourena faced an army of 43,000 well-trained, well-equipped and experienced Roman... Read more
Drone Battle Over Syria
It appears the Syrian army is spying on rebel forces using the same drones that consumers can buy for just a couple thousand dollars. And the rebels might be using similar flying robots to spy right back. It’s a do-it-yourself robot battle over war-ravaged Syria. Al Rahman Corps, a... Read more
A Short History of Iran’s (Other) Fake Warplane
In February 2013, the Iranian government unveiled what it claimed was a new, indigenous stealth fighter—the Qaher 313. It turned out to be an embarrassing fake. And not the first one. More than a decade ago, Tehran tried to sell the world on another artificial warplane—Shafagh, meaning “twilight.” Only... Read more
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