31 Jul '18, 2pm

Iran Has Cloned America’s Phoenix Missile https://t.co/Mcul22uNKF

Iran Has Cloned America’s Phoenix Missile July 31, 2018 The National Interest: Iran has begun mass production of a long-range air-to-air missile. And if it looks familiar, it should. The Fakour 90 is Tehran’s knockoff of the U.S. AIM-54 Phoenix missile, once the prime weapon of the U.S. Navy’s F-14 Tomcat fighter. Before the Shah of Iran was deposed by Islamic revolutionaries, the U.S. sold vast amounts of advanced weaponry to Iran, including F-14s, F-4 Phantoms, M60 tanks and Phoenix missiles. Iran’s new “Death to America” government analyzed and reverse-engineered the U.S. weapons (it also sent some to the Soviet Union for examination). Gripped in a devastating eight-year war with Iran, and embargoed from new Western arms, Tehran became expert in keeping its American weapons going through black-market purchases (such as the Iran-Contra affair) and homemade spare parts. T...

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