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Jul 14 17 11:47 AM
Jul 14 17 3:02 PM
seasick wrote:I wonder how they are keeping the AN/AAWG-9 working. They will need intel 8080 cpu and some types of vaccume tubes. All out of production.
Jul 16 17 6:25 AM
emc wrote:seasick wrote:I wonder how they are keeping the AN/AAWG-9 working. They will need intel 8080 cpu and some types of vaccume tubes. All out of production.
The 8080's characteristics are well-known and Iran has a reasonably well-educated populace (possibly much better than many of the other countries in the Middle East); reverse-engineering the 8080 could be well within their skill set. I don't know which vacuum tubes may be in the AWG-9 sets, but I suspect that they're for the output stage, and these, too, could be reverse-engineered and there may even be close equivalents hanging around warehouses. Heck, these may have been stock tubes that may be readily available as spares for other equipment operating in that frequency range.
Jul 16 17 4:05 PM
Jul 17 17 6:25 AM
IcelofAngeln wrote:It's rather telling that the Iranians have made no move to replace them, which argues for their continued serviceability. Tehran has the money, and Moscow the willingness, to make a deal for new Sukhois if the Iranians thought themselves fighter-less.
seasick wrote:I'm fairly certain that Iran has reverse engineered components for the F-14. But so much of the stuff on the F-14A, especially the early blocks is long out of production and building stuff new in small batches is expensive.
IcelofAngeln wrote:Mind you, even if they're still operational, F-14As are hardly front-line fighters any more. A step up from their neighbors' Phantoms and MiG-23s, but not in the game vs a first-rank power.
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