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(07-31-2018, 11:16 PM)Emirzaad Wrote: Joke fleet until massively upgraded to SMT standard with additional purchases of SMT or M2 to raise 4 squadrons at least.
(08-01-2018, 05:57 AM)07_SeppDietrich Wrote: (07-31-2018, 11:16 PM)Emirzaad Wrote: Joke fleet until massively upgraded to SMT standard with additional purchases of SMT or M2 to raise 4 squadrons at least.
atleast still better than 9.12B (Iran use 9.12A version) which no ECM and IFF
(08-10-2018, 03:49 AM)lulldapull Wrote: Yes, the SMT upgrade is required urgently. IRIAF has so far maintained these airframes very well. I'm sure these are not useless, hell better than the F-5 and F-7 Air Guards. Those are now really a joke, no matter how many tails we put on the F-5, it will stay an F-5.
The F-5 and F-7 need to be donated to the IRGC, who in turn can give them to Syria and Yemen, when the time comes.
(08-10-2018, 01:16 PM)Emirzaad Wrote: Presence of upto ~ 48 x Mig-29 (M2/SMT+Mig35) means IRIAF does not need any more point defenders or CAP interceptors. Maintenance of F-5E/F (and Saeghe abominations) fleet is a financial burden on IRIAF nothing else. Them and F-7 and Mirages .... Same amount can be used to maintain a meaningful interceptor force of upgraded fulcrums. Four to five squadrons of 12 aircraft each will be enough to guard Nuclear reactors and cities along with F-14AM, F-4E/D (upgraded), Su-30SM.
(08-11-2018, 09:37 PM)AmirPatriot Wrote: The F-14 gets a pass because it's incredible long range intercept capability is so good. But is it financially viable to maintain even MiG-29s as point defence interceptors? Their notoriously short range somewhat absolves them of offensive operations which multirole aircraft like the Su-30 are capable of.
(08-11-2018, 11:42 PM)Emirzaad Wrote: IRIAF, like I said before is a weak defensive force whose primary job is to resist aerial invasion of Iran. To turn it into an offensive arm, IRIAF needs at-least 24 squadrons of 4+ generation which just can not happen that easily.