Iran equips Tomcats with new radar

Iran claims to have equip its F-14As with a new radar system, Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army Rear Admiral Farhad Amiri announced on Sunday. He added that all parts were made locally.

The radar system of these F-14 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.

The F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, variable sweep wing, two-place fighter designed to attack and destroy enemy aircraft at night and in all weather conditions. The F-14 can track up to 24 targets simultaneously with its advanced weapons control system and attack six with Phoenix AIM-54A missiles while continuing to scan the airspace. Armament also includes a mix of other air intercept missiles, rockets and bombs.

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.

Source: FARS News Agency, FAS

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