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Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force Aircraft Inventory (2019)

Total: 313

FIGHTERS
HELICOPTERS
TRANSPORTS
TRAINERS
SPECIAL MISSION
ON-ORDER
The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force's (IRIAF) inventory is heavily swayed towards fighters with these types maing up some 53% of its total. However, with a few exceptions, the fighter stock is made up of aging American Cold War-era veterans including the McDonnell Douglas F-4 'Phantom II' and swing-wing Grumman F-14 'Tomcat' acquired before the Revolution of the 1970s (thusly their combat value/potential is questionable today). All told, the fighter stock is a mix of decades-old and relatively new, foreign and domestic evolutions/solutions that can offer only modest success in an all-out war with the West - potentially doing only slightly better against regional rivals. Beyond this there is no bomber force, no Close-Air Support (CAS) aircraft, and no aircraft on order heading into the year.

Local development continues along several separate Northrop F-5 Tiger II branches including the Saeqeh, Azaraksh, and Kowsar but these are not available in any useful numbers presently. The transport fleet makes up 21% of the force with trainers trailing slightly behind. Helicopters amount to just 6% and include American types acquired some time ago. The trainer fleet is comprised of a mix of prop-and-jet types led by the excellent Swiss-made Pilatus PC-7 basic trainer platform. A few twin-seat jet fighter forms as well as the Bell Model 206 light utility helicopter are kept for more advanced, specialized training.

NOTE: Images found below are indicative of series type (for representation purposes) and do not reflect current service colors. On-Order systems are not included in the overall Aircraft Total.

A readiness rate of 50% would equate to 157 of the 313 available aircraft.
A readiness rate of 70% would equate to 219 of the 313 available aircraft.
A readiness rate of 75% would equate to 235 of the 313 available aircraft.
A readiness rate of 80% would equate to 250 of the 313 available aircraft.
Inventory Breakdown
Fighters
Total: 165 (53%)
47
F-4D/E/RF-4E
Multirole
24
F-14A
Interceptor
23
Su-24MK
Attack
20
MiG-29A
Multirole
17
F-5E
Fighter
17
F-7
Fighter
9
Mirage F-1EQ
Fighter
8
Saeqeh (F-5)
Fighter


Helicopters
Total: 6 (2%)
2
CH-47C
Medium-Lift
2
Model 206
Light Utility
2
Model 212
Medium Utility


Transports
Total: 65 (21%)
28
C-130E/H
Tactical
13
PC-6
Utility
7
Model 747
Transport
5
F27
Utility
5
IL-76/TD
Strategic
1
Model 707
Airliner


Trainers
Total: 64 (20%)
35
PC-7
Basic Trainer
19
F-5B
Fighter Trainer
4
Mirage F-1BQ
Fighter Trainer
2
FT-7
Fighter Trainer
2
Simorgh (F-5B)
Fighter Trainer
1
Model 206
Light Utility
1
Saeqeh (F-5)
Fighter Trainer


Tankers
Total: 7 (2%)
4
Model 707
Aerial Refueling
3
Model 747
Aerial Refueling


Special
Total: 6 (2%)
5
P-3F
Maritime Patrol
1
Model 707
Electronic Warfare