Date registered: Feb 2005
Vehicle: 1989 W201.029/M103 3.0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
RE: iran nuke
Now that'll teach the US to go selling the best combat aircraft in the world to anyone with the cash, won't it?
Presently Iran's Revolutionary air force has in service:
40 F4D Phantom II
This aircraft has lookdown/shootdown and a weapons layout of 4 AIM7 and 4 AIM9, plus ground attack, supersonic at sea level and around 2.14 Mach at altitude, in BVR combat especially it's every bit as dangerous as an F-15A, F-16A or F/A-18A although not quite as sophisticated.
177 F4E Phantom II
Adds an internal 20mm gun to the above. Newer aircraft still have the edge in excess thrust during dogfight, but you wouldn't want to go making any mistakes.
45 F5 Tiger II
Does the job of an F-16 in the ground attack role, not nearly as sophisticated but it was the redesign of this aircraft which led to the Northrop YF-17 from which F/A-18 Hornets were derived. Not to be ignored or underestimated, it's as dangerous as many eastern bloc air combat fighters and it isn't even used for that.
20 F14A Tomcats
The rest were scavenged for parts and Iran never got their hands on more than 300-odd AIM54 Pheonix missiles. Apparently they've adapted a SAM to air-to-air that can be fitted. Past IAF successes were due to the Pheonix and its powerful radar and weapons system makes Tomcats one of the most dangerous aircraft in the world at any time. The US will definitely lose aircraft to these.
24 Mirage F1
A top little French interceptor, these are just like an F-16 only faster, somewhat less sophisticated.
44 Su20/22 Fitters
These came recently. A very powerful and effective ground attack aircraft. Get a Warthog and cross it with a Viper, you've got a Fitter.
24 Su24 Fencers
Another swing-wing, these look like a Russian F111, only better than an Ardvaark. Cross one with an F/A-18D and you're close. It's a penetration all weather day/night attack aircraft and a new one too.
unknown number Su25 Frogfoots
These are the Russian A10 Warthog. Tanks start to quiver in their tracks around these.
9 MiG23 Floggers
About en par with the Mirage F1 only better performance, these are a Cold War relic best suited to escort or limited use, but certainly powerful air combat fighters.
19 MiG27 Floggers
Ground attack variant of the above. Every bit as good as an F-16 in this role.
4 MiG29 Fulcrums
US pilots rate the fly by wire variant of these as "probably the best dogfighter in the world today, a match for any Hornet, and easy to fly." Doesn't quite have the load bearing abilities of US warplanes but it's a counter-air fighter, a cheap one, and a very, very well made one of a new design.
Match it with the R77 AMRAAM class missiles and take it up against Eagles.
unknown number MiG31 Foxhound
Okay there's a massive controversy about this aircraft in an air combat role, originally a redesign of the infamous and overstated (but 3.2 Mach capable), MiG25 Foxbat which is a very limited role strategic interceptor and tactical bomber-reconnaisance.
So get something designed to chase down Blackbirds, make it work better at sea level, throw in digital technology and a Tomcat's weapons and you've got a Foxhound.
This thing will cruise at 2.83 Mach, and this is only an airframe limit, used as a "guideline," the engines themselves can actually pump out something like 81,000lbs of augumented thrust, ie. think: spacelaunch style acceleration.
But apparently it's dogfighting capabilities are like that of a brick (although I don't think there'd be any shortage of excess thrust).
7 Tu22M Backfires
It's a B1B only better. Kinda looks like an oversized MiG or F-15.
10 F8M Jian-8's
Get a MiG21 Finback and put twin engines with F4 intakes in it, the avionics suite of an F-16C and you've got an F8M. It's supposed to be about equivalent to any Mirage 2000, F-16C or F/A-18. It's better and more manoeuvrable at altitude, does 2.2 Mach and takes more combat damage, but the Viper has the manoeuvrability goods at low altitude. Yep, it's dangerous, brand new and cheaper than an F-16.
Well, that concludes our tour of the aircraft that'll be killing US combat pilots soon. As a wise man once said, you made your bed...
Oh congratulate Congress on their recent sale of F-15E Strike Eagles to the Bin Laden family in Saudi Arabia for me, will you? No, I don't see a problem at all.
driving a fast car should feel like falling off a building.