Tomcat Fights: Vigorous Iranian pilots’ skill and valor-Part 2 : Tomcats VS MIG25s

This documentary depicts the courage and skill of Iranian F-14 tomcat pilots despite the harsh sanctions during the Iraqi imposed war.

Tomcat VS MIG25
The Tomcat was one of the best jet fighter of its time and the only one non US air force who fly them at the time was the Iranian Air force. It could fly at Mach 2.35, and had the most sophisticated embarked combat system : the Hughes AWG9 radar combat system associated with the AIM54 Phoenix missile.
The Radar of the F14 could follow and engage 24 targets at the same time, then the radar would select 6 of them, lock-on them, and it would fire 6 missiles at the same time to destroy them. All this from a distance of 250 kms and at a speed of Mach 5.

80 units were sold to Iran at the time of the Shah.Yet when the Iraqis started the Iraq-Iran war, the sanctions imposed on Iran by the two Super Powers (USA and USSR) prevent them to maintain supply of F14 parts, Phoenix missiles and even G-suits to fly at high altitudes.

The MIG25 was the fastest jetfighter at the time, it could reach Mach 3. Initially designed to chase the Mach 3 flying SR-71Blackbird spy plane, some 24 MIG25 were sold to Iraq.

The Iranian pilots had to use all their imagination, skill, and courage to engage the MIG25s when defending Iranian airspace during the imposed Iraq war.
This is their story.

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