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Role: Multi-role shipborne fighter
Grumman Aerospace
Variants: F-14A, F-14A+ (F-14B), F-14D
Operators: US Navy, Imperial Iranian Air Force





The F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, variable sweep wing, two-place fighter designed to attack and destroy enemy aircraft at night and in all weather conditions. The F-14 can track up to 24 targets simultaneously with its advanced weapons control system and attack six with Phoenix AIM-54A missiles while continuing to scan the airspace. It can also deliver free-fall or guided bombs.

The F-14 prototype made it first flight on December 21, 1970.The first of 478 F-14A aircraft entered US Navy service in October 1972 and saw it's first operational flight in September 1974. F-14A aircraft were upgraded to the A+. The upgrade consisted of the replacement of the original Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-414A engines by the the more powerful General Electric F110-GE-400 turbofans. The F-14A+ (later designated F-14B) entered service in 1987.
The F-14D Super Tomcat first took to the air on February 9, 1980. The upgrade included enhanced radar and cockpit, a dual IRST/TV undernose pod, and increased AAM capability. The Tomcat has now been equipped for night-attack bombing duty with the use of a LANTIRN (Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting InfraRed for Night) pod. The upgrade allows the F-14 to remain in service until the arrival of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

A total of 79 F-14 A models were exported to Iran. The US Navy and the Imperial Irani Air Force are the only two operators of the type in the world.


Technical Specifications



two 92.97 kN (20,900 lb st) Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-412A/414A turbofans



ength 19.10m (62 ft 8 in); height 4.88m (16 ft 0 in); wing span 19.55m (64ft 1½ in) spread and 11.65m (38 ft 2½ in) swept



take-off ('clean') 26.553 kg (58,539 lb); Max Take-Off Weight 33.724 kg (74,379 lb)



max level speed at 10.975m (36,000 ft) Mach 2.37 or 2.517 km/h (1,564 mph); service ceiling more than 17,070m (56,000 ft)



one 20mm M61A1 Vulcan six-barrel cannon with 675 rounds; 6577 kg (14,500 lb) of disposable stores, including up to 6 AIM-54s, 6 AIM-7s, 4 AIM-9s, free-fall or guided bombs, cluster bombs, ECM pods, fuel tanks, LANTIRN pod, and TARPS reconnaissance pod (on some aircraft).