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David Axe, Daily Beast: Iran’s Trying to Rebuild Its Air Force
Iran used to have one of the best equipped air forces in the world, now it’s a joke.
After decades of financial and technological strangulation, the Iranian air force—at one time among the most advanced in the world—finally has an opportunity to modernize and potentially become a serious aerial opponent for the United States and other rivals.
The gradual lifting of international sanctions on Iran that began in January—a reward for Tehran agreeing to scrap its nuclear program—means the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force could, in theory, buy new jet fighters to replace its existing, mostly antiquated planes.
Don’t hold your breath.
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WNU Editor: A good analysis on why the Iranian air-force will not be a force to reckon with for a long time.