The Aerospace Forces of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has received 10 overhauled and modernized Su-22 Sukhoi warplanes, according to the Iranian media.
Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari the Commander-in-Chief of the IRGC and Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh the Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force attended an official ceremony of the warplanes delivery in Teheran on July 25.
The upgraded IRGC warplanes will be able to carry and employ precision-guided munitions, air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles and to transfer data from UAVs within a few kilometers distance.
General Hajizadeh also announced that in the near future, the IRGC plans to equip the Su-22 warplanes with air-launched cruise missiles that would have a range of 1,500 km.
The Iranian air power is suffering from a lack of modern warplanes because of sanctions imposed on the country. Tehran actively working to maintain and upgrade old-fashioned jets keeping their combat capabilities. However, despite these efforts, the air force is a weak part of the Iranian military.