TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iranian air force F14s succeeded in carrying and launching Hawk missiles during the third stage of the country’s extensive war games codenamed ‘Blow of Zolfaqar’.
FNA reports from the war game zone in northwestern Iran said that Iranian experts have succeeded in making some modifications to the advanced Hawk missiles so that they could be used by the air force F14s as their weapon in different air battle conditions.
The missile gifts higher maneuverability and farther engagement scope to F14s and thus, air force fighters are now capable of engaging in dogfights and destroying enemy aircrafts from farther distance and more efficiently.
Meantime, air force experts also tested their optimized F5 fighters successfully. The optimized version of the fighter uses a wider variety of weapons, enjoys higher operational power and is more difficult to pick up on the radar systems compared with the normal version due to its higher maneuverability.
The report added that the ‘Blow of Zolfaqar’ is also unique in its kind for many reasons, one being the number and quantity of bombs dropped by air force fighters and bombers.
During the six phases of the air force maneuvers various types of bombs, missiles, rockets, and explosives have been deployed by the Iranian troops and aircrafts the quantity of which is unprecedented compared with all previous war games.
The Hawk is a medium-range SAM. The US sold Improved Hawks to Iran in the 1970s, and more Hawks were part of what became known as Iran-Contra in the 1980s. The missile was retired in the US military in 2002.
And get a load of the picture accompanying the story:
That’s either a Really Improved Hawk or a Russian Soyuz orbital launch vehicle.