F-14, additionally referred to as Tomcat, two-seat, twin-engine jet fighter constructed for the U.S. Navy by the Grumman Company (now a part of the Northrop Grumman Company) from 1970 to 1992. As a successor to the F-4 Phantom II, it was designed within the Sixties with the aerodynamic and digital capacities to defend U.S. aircraft-carrier operations at lengthy ranges towards Soviet plane and missiles. Supply to the U.S. Navy started in 1972, and the final F-14 was retired from service in 2006. Earlier than the Islamic revolution in 1979, roughly 80 F-14s had been offered to Iran, and a dwindling quantity had been maintained there in varied states of readiness regardless of growing old and lack of elements.
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