Armed Forces Overviews
Iran - Air Force
Air Force
Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF)
Bandar Abbas/Intl (OIKB)
Rwy: 03L/21R, 03R/21L
Pos: 27°13'08"N 056°22'37"E
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
9th Tactical Air Base
91 TFS F-4E (~6)
RPV sq Mohajer 4
 
The IRIAF operates three types of the McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II, namely the F-4E, RF-4E and the F-4D. The F-4E depicted here is ready to take part in a huge parade held during April 2008.
Photo: Mohammad Razzazan-Iranian Spotters
Birjand (OIMB)
Rwy: 08/26, 10/28
Pos: 32°53'36"N 059°17'10"E
Elev: 5041 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
13th Tactical Air Base
No active units N/A
This is a Forward Operating Base (FOB).

 
The status of the SAR detachments on the Tactical Fighter Bases across Iran is quite unclear. The ones that are still oparetional often use the Bell 214B.
Photo: Babak.T-Iranian Spotters
Bushehr/Yassini (OIBB)
Rwy: 13L/31R, 13R/31L
Pos: 28°56'37"N 050°50'09"E
Elev: 112 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
6th Tactical Air Base
61 TFS F-4E (~10)
Base flight/SAR sq Bell 214
 
Seen landing at Tehran Mehrabad is this MiG-29UB multirole fighter.
Photo: Mohammad Razzazan-Iranian Spotters
Chahbahar/Konarak (OIZC)
Rwy: 09L/27R, 09R/27L
Pos: 25°26'36"N 060°22'56"E
Elev: 24 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
10th Tactical Air Base
101 TFS F-4D (5)
102 TFS Mirage F-1EQ/BQ (12)
The F-4Ds of 101 TFS have been overhauled by IACI during 2008. A large portion of this facility is located undergrounds.

The ex Iraqi Air Force Mirage F-1's have moved from TFB 14/141 TFS Imam Reza to TFB 10 during 2011/2012.

The F-4Ds of 101 TFS have been overhauled by IACI during 2008. A large portion of this facility is located undergrounds.

 
Only one squadron with F-4Ds remains in IRIAF service, this being 101 TFS at Chabahar.
Photo: Shahram - Iranian Spotters
A number of ex Iraqi Air Force Mirage F1 jets defected during the First Gulf War. They are now operated from 10th Tactical Air Base, Konarak aka Kangan aka Chah Bahar (OIZC).
Photo: Mohammad Razzazan-Iranian Spotters
Dezful/Vahdati (OIAD)
Rwy: 14R/32L
Pos: 32°26'04"N 048°23'52"E
Elev: 500 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
4th Tactical Air Base aka Vahdati
41 TFS F-5E (10)
F-5F (?)
43 TFS F-5F (11)
Base flight/SAR sq Bell 214
The SAR sq might have been decommissioned.

 
Esfahãn/Shahid Beheshti Intl (OIFM)
Rwy: 08L/26R, 08R/26L
Pos: 32°45'03"N 051°51'42"E
Elev: 5072 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
8th Tactical Air Base
81 TFS F-14A (~17)
82 TFS F-14A (~17)
83 TFS F-14A (~15)
84 Training sq PC-7 & S-68 (~35)
Base flight/SAR sq Bell 214
85 TFS F-5A (3)
F-5B (8)
FT-7N (some)
The IrAn-140 (license built An-140) is produced by HESA here.

The S-68 is a locally built, reverse-engineered PC-7.

 
The exact number of F-5s supplied to the Iranians is a bit ambiguous because of deliveries from and to Ethiopia but it is a fact that a lot of them remain in operational service.
Photo: Mohammad Razzazan-Iranian Spotters
The Northrop F-5 is still widely used in te IRIAF. Here, a number is lined up for take-off from Mehrabad to participate in a huge display held over Tehran in April 2008.
Photo: Babak.T-Iranian Spotters
Hamadan/Nojeh (OIHS)
Rwy: 10/28
Pos: 35°11'59"N 048°39'23"E
Elev: 5524 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
3rd Tactical Air Base
31 TRS RF-4E (4)
31 TFS F-4E (14)
Base flight/SAR sq Bell 214
The Phantoms are said to be operated by 32 TFS and 32 TRS respectively.
Some fifteen defected Iraqi Air Force Sukhoi 20/22 are stored here
The SAR sq might have been decommissioned.

 
Kooshk-e-Nosrat (OIIC)
Rwy: 11/29
Pos: 34°59'01"N 050°48'27"E
Elev: 2943 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Training sq Beech F33A/C
The units here are part of the Flight Academy Center. This Air Base is located south-west of the famous Namak Lake.

 
Of the 79 US-supplied F-14A Tomcat (locally nicknamed Persian Cat) a great number is still operational, despite the lack of spare parts and technical support of the West. This shows the determination and the skill-level of the IRIAF personnel.
Photo: Mohammad Razzazan-Iranian Spotters
Mashhad/Shahid Hashemi Nejad (OIMM)
Rwy: 14L/32R, 14R/32L, 14/32H
Pos: 36°14'07"N 059°38'28"E
Elev: 3270 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
14th Tactical Air Base
141 TFS F-5E (3)
F-5F (3)
The main repair facilities of the Eastern Area Command are located here.

 
Omidiyeh/Shahid Ardestani (OIAJ)
Rwy: 12L/30R, 12R/30L
Pos: 30°50'07"N 049°32'06"E
Elev: 85 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
5th Tactical Air Base
51 TFS F-7M
FT-7N
52 TFS F-7M
FT-7N
53 TFS F-7M
FT-7N
This Air Base was due to be transferred completely to the Iranian Revulutionary Guard Corps Air Force (IRGCAF) in 2008 and the F-7s transferred to Esfahan since mid-2008. In March 2009 however, the Chinese licence built MiG-21's returned to Omidiyeh, forming three squadrons again.

 
The Chinese-built Chengdu F-7 Thunderbolt is still widely used in Iran. Some of the dual-seat FT-7N trainer versions are painted in a very colourful manner. The F-7s used to be at Omidiyeh but they moved to Esfahan in mid-2008.
Photo: Mohammad Razzazan-Iranian Spotters
Shiraz/Shahid Dastghaib Intl (OISS)
Rwy: 11L/29R, 11R/29L
Pos: 29°32'22"N 052°35'22"E
Elev: 4920 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
7th Tactical Air Base
72 TFS Su-24MK (~25)
PC-6 Liaison Squadron PC-6/B2-H2 (8)
7th SAR Group Bell 214 (2)
Transport Wing
71 TAS C-130E (6)
C-130H (5)
72 TAS C-130E (6)
C-130H (5)
73 TAS Il-76TD (6)
Il-76 i/a (1)
71 ASW sq P-3F (4)
 
The 7th Tactical Fighter Base is home to a a Transport Wing that is equipped with C-130E/H Hercules transport aircraft. They certainly are the mainstay of the tactical transport fleet of the IRIAF.
Photo: Mohammad Razzazan-Iranian Spotters
Tabriz/Shaheed Fakouri (OITT)
Rwy: 12R/30L
Pos: 38°07'59"N 046°14'06"E
Elev: 4459 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
2nd Tactical Air Base
21 TFS F-5E (18)
F-5F (4)
23 TFS MiG-29A (8)
MiG-29UB (3)
F-5E Saeghe (3)
Base flight/SAR sq Bell 214
Some 21 TFS F-5s have transferred to TFB 14/Mashhad.
The SAR sq might have been decommissioned.
The HQ of the Northern Helicopter Command is located here as well as the UAV Logistics Support Command.

 
Not many MiG-29 Fulcrum-A aircraft carry signs of the Tactical Fighter Base where they are stationed. An exception is this one that carries the arabic 2, depicting its home base Tabriz in the far north of Iran.
Photo: Babak.T-Iranian Spotters
Tehran-Mehrabad (OIII)
Rwy: 11L/29R, 11R/29L
Pos: 35°41'21"N 051°18'48"E
Elev: 3962 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
1st Tactical Air Base
11 TFS MiG-29A (10)
MiG-29UB (4)
Base flight/SAR sq Bell 214C (7)
Transport Wing
11 TAS C-130E (4)
C-130H (7)
Transport Sq B747-131 (2)
B747-270 (1)
11 Helicopter Transport sq CH-47C (2)
F27 sq F27-400M (3)
F27-600 (1)
VIP sq B707-386C (1)
B707-3J9C (1)
B737-286 (1)
A321-231 (1)
Falcon 50 (2)
L-1329 (1)
AB212 (3)
Bell 412 (2)
Recce sq B707-3J9C (Elint) (1)
RC-130H (1)
Tanker sq B707-3J9C Tanker (1)
B747-131 Tanker (2)
Falcon Star sq Falcon 20F
Falcon 50
This base houses besides the main F-14A Overhaul facilities also facilities of Iranian Aircraft Industries (IACI) as well as the Iranian Helicopter Support and Manufacturing Company (IHSMC).

Some of the VIP squadron aircraft are operated under the Meraj Air flag.

 
The IRIAF operates a single RC-130H and its origins are widely discussed. It is rumoured to be an ex-Royal Saudi Air Force example!
Photo: Babak.T-Iranian Spotters
Zahedan (OIZH)
Rwy: 17R/35L
Pos: 29°28'38"N 060°54'20"E
Elev: 4520 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
11th Tactical Air Base
No active units N/A
This is a Forward Operating Base (FOB).

 
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