The Iranian Air Force Deputy Chief Liaison Officer, General Aziz Nasirzadeh, announced that his country is developing its smart bombs production program and plans to mount air-launched Nasr cruise missile on its entire F-14 fighter jets, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.
Nasirzadeh said the air-launched cruise missile has already been mounted on F-4 fighter jets.
In earlier reports, Nasirzadeh had explained that all projects in the Air Force have been planned to increase the range and smartness of the weapons and equipment and their electro-optical guiding capability.
“The air-launched Qader and Nasr cruise missiles are being mounted on different Air Force fighter jets,” General Nasirzadeh said.
To this end, the Air Force has already installed land-attack missiles on its F-14, F-4 and Su-24 fighter jets. And according to Nasirzadeh, even with a shorter 2,500-kilometer range - without conformal fuel tanks - these missiles are still deadly.
Iran’s F-14, Su-24 and F-4 jets could fire their missiles toward an unspecified target in a pre-defined area - and do so from thousands of kilometers away.
Nazirzadeh said the Nasr missile is a technological milestone - even if Tehran never deploys it - or uses it only in the ground-launched, land-attack role.