Iranian Arms Imports 1950-1980

Courtesy of the SIPRI Arms Transfer Database, consulted 26 May 2009:

Supplier

Year Ordered

Years Delivered

Number Ordered

Designation

Description

Comments

USA

1948

1950-1951

10

Cub/L-4 Grasshopper

Light aircraft


USA

1949

1950-1951

6

Beech-18/C-45

Light transport ac


USA

1950

1951

15

M-4 Sherman

Tank


USA

1950

1950-1956

74

T-6 Texan

Trainer aircraft


USA

1951

1952-1953

12

PA-18/L-18/L-21

Light aircraft


USA

1953

1954-1957

75

F-84G Thunderjet

FGA aircraft


USA

1953

1954-1956

100

M-24 Chaffee

Light tank


Canada

1954

1955

4

DHC-2 Beaver

Light transport ac


USA

1954

1955-1957

140

M-20

Reconnaissance AV


USA

1954

1955-1957

100

M-8 Greyhound

Armoured car


USA

1954

1955-1964

32

T-33A T-Bird

Trainer aircraft


USA

1955

1956

3

AN/FPS-8

Air surv radar

Part of 'LORIDS' Long-Range Iranian Detection System air surveillance network

USA

1956

1957-1958

40

F-86F Sabre

Fighter aircraft


USA

1957

1958

1

Commander-680FL

Light transport ac


USA

1957

1957-1958

2

LCIL

Landing craft

Ex-US; incl 1 'MDAP' aid and 1 on loan; Iranian designation Hengam

USA

1957

1958-1959

400

M-47 Patton

Tank


UK

1958

1959

2

S-55/H-19 Chickasaw

Helicopter

Whirlwind HAR-3 version

USA

1958

1959-1962

4

Adjutant

Minesweeper

MAP' aid; Iranian designation Shahbaz

Canada

1959

1960

2

DHC-2 Beaver

Light transport ac


USA

1960

1961-1970

700

AIM-9B Sidewinder-1A

SRAAM

For F-86 and F-5A combat aircraft

USA

1960

1961

1

AN/FPS-20

Air surv radar


USA

1960

1961

1

AN/FPS-6

Height-finding radar


USA

1960

1961-1964

250

M-101A1 105mm

Towed gun


USA

1960

1961-1962

260

M-48A1 Patton

Tank

Ex-US

USA

1961

1964

2

PF-103

Corvette

MAP' aid; Iranian designation Bayandor

USA

1962

1963

4

C-130B Hercules

Transport aircraft

Aid

USA

1963

1964

2

Cove

Minesweeper

MAP' aid; Iranian designation Kahnamuie

USA

1963

1965-1970

95

F-5A Freedom Fighter

FGA aircraft

Incl some F-5B

USA

1964

1965-1970

28

C-130E Hercules

Transport aircraft

No. delivered could be between 17 and 28

USA

1964

1965

2

Cessna-150

Trainer/light ac


USA

1964

1965-1966

69

Cessna-180 Skywagon

Light aircraft

Cessna-185F version

USA

1964

1965

8

Cessna-180 Skywagon

Light aircraft

Cessna-180H version

USA

1964

1965-1968

20

HH-43B/F Huskie

Helicopter

Incl 4 'MAP' aid; HH-43F version

USA

1964

1964

1

LCU-501

Landing craft

Ex-US; 'MAP' aid; Iranian designation Queshm

Italy

1965

1967

2

Sea Hunter

Fire control radar

For modernization of 1 Battle Artemiz destroyer

UK

1965

1967

1

Battle

Destroyer

Ex-UK; modernized before delivery; Iranian designation Artemiz

UK

1965

1967

25

Sea Cat

SAM

For Battle Artemiz destroyer

USA

1965

1966-1968

300

M-113

APC

M-113A1 version

USA

1965

1967-1970

3

PGM-71

Patrol craft

Iranian designation Parvin

France

1966

1966-1969

2000

ENTAC

Anti-tank missile


Italy

1966

1971-1972

8

Sea Hunter FC Ra

Fire control radar

For 4 Saam frigates from UK

Italy

1966

1971-1972

120

Sea Killer/Marte-2

Anti-ship missile

For Saam frigates

UK

1966

1971-1972

4

Saam/Vosper Mk-5

Frigate


USA

1966

1968-1969

400

AIM-4D Falcon

SRAAM

For F-4D combat aircraft

USA

1966

1968-1969

125

AIM-7C Sparrow

BVRAAM

For F-4D combat aircraft

USA

1966

1966

2

HAWK

SAM system


USA

1966

1966

75

MIM-23A HAWK

SAM


USA

1966

1967-1968

50

Mk-44

ASW torpedo


USA

1966

1969

2

PF-103

Corvette

MAP' aid; Iranian designation Bayandor

USSR

1966

1967-1968

70

BM-21 Grad 122mm

MRL


USSR

1966

1967-1968

300

BTR-152

APC

Ex-Soviet

USSR

1966

1967-1968

270

BTR-50

APC

Part of deal worth $110 m

USSR

1966

1967-1968

300

BTR-60P

APC

Part of deal worth $110 m

USSR

1966

1967-1968

100

ZSU-57-2

SPAAG

Ex-Soviet

UK

1967

1969-1970

150

Sea Cat

SAM

Tigercat version

UK

1967

1971-1972

50

Sea Cat

SAM

For Saam frigates

UK

1967

1969-1970

15

Tigercat-2

SAM system


USA

1967

1968-1969

400

AIM-9E Sidewinder

SRAAM

For F-4D combat aircraft

USA

1967

1968

6

Cessna-310/U-3

Light transport ac


USA

1967

1968-1969

32

F-4D Phantom-2

FGA aircraft


USA

1967

1968-1969

13

F-5A Freedom Fighter

FGA aircraft

RF-5A reconnaissance version

USA

1967

1968-1969

100

M-114A1 155mm

Towed gun

Probably ex-US

USA

1967

1968-1969

50

M-115 203mm

Towed gun

Ex-US

Italy

1968

1969-1970

25

Bell-205/UH-1D

Helicopter

AB-205 version

Italy

1968

1969-1970

25

Bell-206/OH-58

Light helicopter

AB-206A Bell-206A version

USA

1968

1971-1972

32

F-5A Freedom Fighter

FGA aircraft

Incl some F-5B

USA

1968

1969-1970

460

M-60A1 Patton-2

Tank


France

1969

1971

16

SA-321H Super Frelon

Helicopter

$28 m deal

France

1969

1970-1971

1000

SS-11/AS-11

Anti-tank missile


France

1969

1970-1971

1000

SS-12

Anti-tank missile


Italy

1969

1971-1976

14

Bell-206/OH-58

Light helicopter

AB-206A Bell-206A version

Netherlands

1969

1971-1977

17

F-27 Friendship

Transport aircraft

F-27 Mk-600 version

USA

1969

1970-1975

32

C-130H Hercules

Transport aircraft

No. delivered could be 28 or 43

USA

1969

1970

12

Cessna-337/O-2

Light aircraft

O-2A version

Italy

1970

1974-1977

20

CH-47C Chinook

Helicopter


UK

1970

1970-1971

50

Ferret

Reconnaissance AV


UK

1970

1972-1973

45

Rapier

SAM system

Part of GBP47 m deal

UK

1970

1972-1973

1250

Rapier-1

SAM

Part of GBP47 m deal

UK

1970

1972-1973

2

S-330

Air surv radar


UK

1970

1972-1973

2

S-404

Air surv radar


USA

1970

1971-1976

700

AIM-7E Sparrow

BVRAAM

For F-4E combat aircraft

USA

1970

1971-1977

700

AIM-9J/P Sidewinder

SRAAM

For F-4E combat aircraft; AIM-9J version

USA

1970

1971

1

Amphion

Repair ship

Ex-US; on loan until bought in 1977

USA

1970

1970-1971

11

Bell-212/UH-1N

Helicopter


USA

1970

1970-1976

17

Commander-680FL

Light transport ac

Incl some Commander-690 version

USA

1970

1971

32

F-4E Phantom-2

FGA aircraft


USA

1970

1970

50

M-109 155mm

Self-propelled gun


USA

1970

1971-1972

4

RF-4E Phantom-2

Reconnaissance ac


USA

1970

1974

16

RIM-66B Standard-1MR

SAM

For modernized Sumner destroyers

USA

1970

1971

1

S-62A

Helicopter

For VIP transport

USSR

1970

1970-1971

100

M-46 130mm

Towed gun

Probably ex-Soviet

France

1971

1971-1975

480

AS-12

ASM


UK

1971

1972-1975

30

Chieftain/ARV

ARV


UK

1971

1972-1975

14

Chieftain AVLB

ABL


UK

1971

1971-1975

707

Chieftain Mk-3

Tank

Chieftain Mk-3/3P and Mk-5/5P version

USA

1971

1973-1976

4760

BGM-71 TOW

Anti-tank missile

BGM-71A version; incl for AH-1J helicopters

USA

1971

1975-1978

15

Boeing-707

Transport aircraft


USA

1971

1972-1977

49

Bonanza

Light aircraft


USA

1971

1974-1979

37

I-HAWK

SAM system

Part of $687 m deal

USA

1971

1974-1979

1811

MIM-23B HAWK

SAM

Part of $687 m deal

USA

1971

1973-1974

2

Sumner FRAM-2

Destroyer

Ex-US; modernized before delivery; Iranian designation Babr

Germany FRG

1972

1974

2

Bandar Abbas

Support ship


UK

1972

1974

2

Hengam

Landing ship


USA

1972

1973-1976

2500

AGM-65 Maverick

ASM

$57 m deal

USA

1972

1973-1977

1000

AIM-9J/P Sidewinder

SRAAM

For F-5E combat aircraft; AIM-9J version

USA

1972

1974-1977

202

Bell-209/AH-1J

Combat helicopter


USA

1972

1975-1978

287

Bell-214A

Helicopter


USA

1972

1973-1975

102

F-4E Phantom-2

FGA aircraft


USA

1972

1973-1976

139

F-5E Tiger-2

FGA aircraft

No. could be 141

USA

1972

1973

40

M-107 175mm

Self-propelled gun


USA

1972

1973

38

M-110 203mm

Self-propelled gun


Italy

1973

1974-1976

91

Bell-206/OH-58

Light helicopter

AB-206B Bell-206B version

UK

1973

1975

950

Rapier-1

SAM


USA

1973

1976

22

CH-47C Chinook

Helicopter


USA

1973

1974-1979

390

M-109A1 155mm

Self-propelled gun

M-109A1B version

USSR

1973

1977-1978

200

ZSU-23-4 Shilka

SPAAG

Probably more ordered, but cancelled after Iranian 1979 revolution

France

1974

1977-1981

12

Combattante-2

FACM

Delivery of last 3 delayed after 1979 revolution due to non-payment by Iran; Iranian designation Kaman

Italy

1974

1976-1979

20

Bell-212/AB-212ASW

ASW helicopter


Italy

1974

1977-1981

12

Compact 76mm

Naval gun

For 12 Combattante Kaman FAC from France

Italy

1974

1976-1981

20

SH-3D Sea King

ASW helicopter

ASH-3D version

Netherlands

1974

1976-1981

8

F-27 Friendship

Transport aircraft

F-27 Mk-400 version

Netherlands

1974

1977-1981

12

WM-20

Fire control radar

For 12 Combattante-2 Kaman FAC from France; WM-28 version

UK

1974

1978-1979

125

Chieftain FV-4030-1

Tank

Orginally more ordered but cancelled after Iranian Revolution in 1979; no. delivered could be 187

UK

1974

1975

36

Rapier

SAM system


USA

1974

1977-1979

274

AIM-54A Phoenix

BVRAAM

$150 m deal; for F-14A combat aircraft; 150 more ordered but embargoed after Iranian 1979 revolution

USA

1974

1976

8

AN/TPS-43

Air surv radar

Part of 'Peace Crown' programme; aid

USA

1974

1975

12

Boeing-747

Transport aircraft

Second-hand but only few years old; Boeing-747-131 version

USA

1974

1976-1978

79

F-14A Tomcat

Fighter aircraft

Originally 80 ordered but 1 embargoed after Iranian 1979 revolution and taken over by US in 1986

USA

1974

1977

36

F-4E Phantom-2

FGA aircraft


USA

1974

1975

6

P-3F Orion

MP aircraft

Deal worth $98 m

USA

1974

1978

14

RGM-84 Harpoon

Anti-ship missile

For Combattante-2 FAC; originally more ordered but embargoed after Iranian 1979 revolution.

USA

1974

1976-1978

128

RIM-66B Standard-1MR

SAM

Incl for 1 modernized Battle Artmemiz destroyer

UK

1975

1979

11

Chieftain/ARV

ARV

Orginally more ordered but cancelled after Iranian Revolution in 1979

UK

1975

1977-1979

4

Mk-8 114mm

Naval gun

For modernization of 4 Saam frigates

USA

1975

1976-1978

516

AIM-7E Sparrow

BVRAAM

Over 380 more cancelled after 1979 Iranian Revolution

USA

1975

1976-1979

288

AIM-9J/P Sidewinder

SRAAM

For F-14A combat aircraft; AIM-9J version; 362 more cancelled after 1979 Iranian Revolution

USA

1975

1977

2

Bell-214B BigLifter

Helicopter


USA

1975

1976-1977

28

F-5E Tiger-2

FGA aircraft

F-5F version

USA

1975

1976

634

FGM-77A Dragon

Anti-tank missile


USA

1975

1976-1977

6

S-65A/CH-53 Stallion

Helicopter

RH-53D version

Italy

1976

1977

2

S-61/HH-3A

Helicopter

For VIP transport; AS-61 version

UK

1976

1977-1978

100

Scorpion

Light tank


USA

1976

1976-1978

39

Bell-214B BigLifter

Helicopter

Bell-214C version for SAR

USA

1976

1976-1979

19064

BGM-71 TOW

Anti-tank missile


USA

1976

1977

4

Boeing-747

Transport aircraft


USA

1976

1978-1979

7

F-4E Phantom-2

FGA aircraft

31 more ordered but embargoed after 1979 Iranian Revolution

USA

1976

1977-1978

9716

FGM-77A Dragon

Anti-tank missile


USA

1976

1978

100

M-113A1

APC


USSR

1976

1977-1978

2000

Strela-2/SA-7 Grail

Portable SAM


Italy

1977

1978-1981

36

CH-47C Chinook

Helicopter

Originally 53 ordered, but 20 cancelled after Iranian 1979 revolution and delivery of remaining 7 vetoed by USA

Japan

1978

1980

5

Iran Ajr

Landing ship

Officially delivered for civil use but taken over by Navy

USA

1978

1979

25

AGM-45A Shrike

Anti-radar missile

Rest of order for 1,000 cancelled after 1979 Iranian Revolution

Pakistan

1979

1980-1982

5

Delvar

Cargo ship

Incl 2 ammunition transport version

Libya

1980

1980

130

EE-9 Cascavel

Armoured car

Ex-Libyan but probably kept in storage and never used by Libya