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Iran expected to buy Russian Sukhoi PAK FA T-50 stealth fighter bombers

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The Iran Deal Will Help Russia Have A Stealth Air Force
Stephen Bryen July 15, 2015 World News 

The Iran deal will boost Russia’s arms industry and make it possible for
Russia to replace its older aircraft with newer stealth models.

Thanks to the deal approved by the U.S., the allies and by Russia, the arms
embargo on Iran will “officially” be lifted in 5 years. But the rush to sell
arms to Iran has been on for some time and defense companies from Europe
along with the Russians, Chinese and North Koreans have been flocking to
Tehran offering their wares.

The biggest single need for Iran is fighter and bomber aircraft. There have
been many reports that iran has already made deals with China and Russia,
but the big deals are still ahead of us. That’s because until now Iran did
not have the cash. The nuclear deal is pouring cash into Iran most of which
will be spent on arms.

Iran’s Air Force is dilapidated. It has old F-4 Phantom Jets (64, the number
in service not known), F-14’s (44 out of 80 remain in service) and F-5’s (60
out of 140 operational) from the United States. Iran has 30 MIG-29A’s of
which 24 are in service and 24 Mirage F1’s that were evacuated from Iraq and
never returned. Iran has some 20 Sukhoi-24 bombers and some Sukhoi Su-25’s
both of which were formerly Iraqi aircraft. Reportedly Iran sent 7 of the
Su-25’s back to Iran to use against ISIS. Iran also has around 20 Chinese
F-7M fighters it bought in the 1980s.

None of the aircraft in Iran’s inventory can stand up to US made F-15’s and
F-16’s let alone deal with the F-22 or the forthcoming F-35. For Iran to
claim regional power it must upgrade its air force radically. Most of all,
to stay abreast it needs a genuine stealth fighter bomber.

That is why the lifting of the arms embargo is fortuitous for Iran since it
allows the Russians to offer their new Sukhoi PAK FA T-50 stealth fighter
bomber. The T-50 is a fifth generation air superiority and attack aircraft
that uses stealth technology, has a supercruise capability and is regarded
as far more maneuvreable than the F-22 or the F-35. In fact, the PAK FA T-50
is the Russian Air Force answer to the F-22.

The F-50 is not yet in production. There are many problems on the Russian
side, but the biggest one is lack of cash.

That is why the Russians have been working hard to convince India to be the
first international customer for the F-50. But the Indians have been taking
their time, raising objections, criticizing the workmanship of the aircraft
and have evinced alarm about the reliability of the F-50 engines. In turn
this has created a major delay in the Russian ability to finance the F-50
for its own air force. Initial production has been delayed and pushed into
2016, with many experts suggesting it will even be delayed further.

Iran, therefore, can bail out the Russian Air Force by helping to finance
the PAK-T-50 program. Helping to finance based on future deliveries probably
is consistent with the deal struck by the allies, since it is not quite a
sale and the aircraft won’t immediately be transferred to Iran.

When the PAK T-50’s get to Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Jordan will face a
formidable problem. The Russian plane has the latest radars and weapons
packages and its stealth will make it hard to defeat the T-50 with stand off
weapons. The entire theory of the F-35, for example, is based on the idea of
knocking the enemy out before the enemy detects the F-35. But if Russia’s
stealth system turns out to be good, that advantage is liquidated.

For the western countries, most arms sales to Iran are likely to be
electronics and spare parts instead of major systems. Iran will want parts
for its F-5’s and F-4’s, perhaps for its F-14’s, and may also seek
improvements on those platforms such as better radars or electronic warfare
pods. But for sure the big potential benefactor is Russia.

One other significant impact is that the opening up of arms sales undermines
the sanctions on Russia put there because of Russia’s military adventurism
in the Ukraine. For the most part this deal makes those sanctions largely
superfluous because, other than the export of its mineral wealth, Russia
productivity is largely focused on its military industry. That is why the
Russians are pushing so hard on the Ukraine, because a significant share of
their military manufacturing is in Ukrainian hands and the Russians want it

While Congress will look at the nuclear deal primarily from the point of
view of its adequacy and enforceability, the fact that the deal will boost
Russia’s arms industry and help it rapidly build its Air Force’s stealth
capability is a major strategic concern that should not be swept under the
Dr. Stephen Bryen is a Washington DC -based leader in both the public and
private sectors. He served in a senior position on the US Senate Foreign
Relations Committee, as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, as the founder
and first Director of the Defense Technology Security Administration, and as
the President of Finmeccanica North America, Italy’s largest defense and
high technology company. Dr. Bryen also served under a Congressional
appointment as a Commissioner on the U.S.-China Security Review Commission.

Dr. Bryen specializes in security technology. His company Ziklag Systems is
focused on security solutions for mobile platforms. Dr. Bryen is a prolific
writer and his LinkedIn profile contains links to papers and articles, as
well as book contributions, over more than 30


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    • scott

      All Iran has to do to win a war over the US/Israeli empire is to go public in a world wide hysteria campaign proclaiming grave fear and concern over the manufacturing of the F35. When we respond to this with a massive ramp up of the F35, we will go completely bankrupt over the costs of a POS paper tiger plane and Iran defeats us. Oh those clever, wily Iranians.

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