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Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force

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The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) (Persian: نیروی هوایی ارتش جمهوری اسلامی ایران‎) is the aviation branch of the Iranian Armed Forces. The present Air Force came into being in the early 1980s when the former Imperial Iranian Air Force was renamed.

The Air Force has attempted with some success to maintain in service the large number of American-built aircraft which Iran acquired during the Shah's regime. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the Air Force had turned to purchases of Soviet and Chinese aircraft, as well as pressing ex-Iraqi aircraft into service, and indigenously built aircraft, in order to maintain a capable force. Since the end of the end of the arms embargo, Iran has an extensive modernization and consolidation of their air force.

List of aircraft[edit]


Ground Attack Aircraft[edit]

ELINT Aircraft[edit]

Transport Aircraft[edit]

  • Antonov An-74 x 13 (Utility Transport)
  • Boeing 707 x 4 (Aerial Tanker/VIP Transport)
  • Boeing 747 x 6 (Aerial Tanker/VIP Transport)
  • Boeing C-17 Globemaster III x 8 (Strategic Transport)
  • Dassault Falcon 20 x 3 (VIP Transport)
  • Dassault Falcon 50 x 3 (VIP Transport)
  • Fokker F27 Friendship x 10 (Transport Aircraft)
  • Ilyushin Il-76 x 15 (Strategic Transport)
  • Lockheed C-130E/H Hercules x 19 (Transport Aircraft)
  • Lockheed Jetstar-8 x 2 (Transport)
  • Pilatus PC-6 Porter x 13 (Utility Transport)
  • Shaanxi Y-7 x 14 (Utility Transport)

Training Aircraft[edit]

  • Agusta-Bell AB206 x 1 (Training Helicopter0
  • Chengdu FT-7 x 5 (Conversion Trainer)
  • Northrop F-5B/F x 22 (Conversion Trainer)
  • Pilatus PC-7 x 35 (Trainer)


  • Agusta-Bell 206 x 2 (Utility Helicopter)
  • Agusta-Bell 212 x 2 (Utility Helicopter)

Future Procurement[edit]

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