Why Iran Loves the F-14 Tomcat (And Passed on the F-15 Eagle)
The National Interest -

Dario Leone

Security, Middle East

A bit of history.

In agreement with the IIAF leadership — which had already concluded that the F-14 was the interceptor it was seeking — a letter was sent to the Pentagon to start the acquisition process, although the Iranians still offered McDonnell Douglas the chance to demonstrate its F-15A Eagle.

Iran’s inability to prevent overflights by Soviet MiG-25Rs is said by many Western observers to have been one of the main reasons why the country acquired the...

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