Militarov wrote:F14 as itself was decent machine, but i must also say most of the fame surrounding it is coming from movies and low IQ Americans that served on carriers that can say only: "BRING BACK THE TOMCATS" without actually basing that request on anything but "Obama sux".
When its about AIM54A, every time it was launched in combat it failed. Even on exercises it would very often fail, despite looking insane on paper it wasnt performing very well. Why Iranians are trying to reverse engineer it? Well their original AIMs that were delivered are probably very hard to be kept in service if they are even around these days, even with extended lifetime refit they should have been retired by now and i am not sure if Iranians were capable of it. Second and most important reason is that they tried integrating Russian and Chinese missiles on F14 but they apparently failed, coz they lack radar core software and codes, thats why they even mentioned F14 refit with Chinese built radars 2-3 years ago. So they got an idea to build their own domestic AIM54 which they will be able to use on F14s without rogue integration.
AIM54A was a crap, F14 was a fine fighter.
Really? Did you ask the Iranian airforce about that - they used it in Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s and are supposed to have shot down some aircraft with the AIM-54A. How successful was R-33 missile in combat? If the Iranians had no success with the AIM-54 missile maybe they wouldn't still be trying to use this missile?