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Thanks for the info eagle.

I understand one of the tankers, sadly, crashed few years ago. Do you have any info on the the command post i.e. internal systems, it is operational in its intended role (not been converted to transport or anything).
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT06fM8GVNs

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AmirPatriot,

I'm afraid I don't. I have looked for some time about details concerning the aircraft's internal systems but there is even less information on this than the Project Ibex aircraft!

IMHO, we can safely assume it wouldn't necessarily be as sophisticated as say, the E-4B Airborne Command Post used by the USAF to this day (which has a prominent satellite antenna system, which gives the E-4B its distinctive "hump" on its spine), which are even protected against EMP-type attacks!

But, if I had to wager a guess, it may be safe to describe the Iranian 747 ACP as being an export counterpart to the original E-4 (which entered service in 1974). The key difference being: They are based on two slightly different 747 sub-variants.

So, what would such an aircraft have onboard?
-Numerous communication antennas and receivers to allow communication with nearby aircraft and ground-stations/locations (likely with some level of encryption)
-Brief Rooms for high-level staff to brief commanders on events during a time of war (or during an exercise)
-Facilities to maintain a "crew" of several dozen, including places to eat and sleep for long duration flights.

The main "new" feature modern ACPs have is SATCOM and more modern electronic systems onboard, but the basic concept hasn't changed at all. More or less, this is an aircraft that is designed to direct major military and even civilian events (wars, natural disasters, etc) that can be more survivable and act as a "back-up" for ground-based facilities.
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AmirPatriot,

I'm afraid I don't. I have looked for some time about details concerning the aircraft's internal systems but there is even less information on this than the Project Ibex aircraft!

IMHO, we can safely assume it wouldn't necessarily be as sophisticated as say, the E-4B Airborne Command Post used by the USAF to this day (which has a prominent satellite antenna system, which gives the E-4B its distinctive "hump" on its spine), which are even protected against EMP-type attacks!

But, if I had to wager a guess, it may be safe to describe the Iranian 747 ACP as being an export counterpart to the original E-4 (which entered service in 1974). The key difference being: They are based on two slightly different 747 sub-variants.

So, what would such an aircraft have onboard?
-Numerous communication antennas and receivers to allow communication with nearby aircraft and ground-stations/locations (likely with some level of encryption)
-Brief Rooms for high-level staff to brief commanders on events during a time of war (or during an exercise)
-Facilities to maintain a "crew" of several dozen, including places to eat and sleep for long duration flights.

The main "new" feature modern ACPs have is SATCOM and more modern electronic systems onboard, but the basic concept hasn't changed at all. More or less, this is an aircraft that is designed to direct major military and even civilian events (wars, natural disasters, etc) that can be more survivable and act as a "back-up" for ground-based facilities.

So an export variant of Air Force One basically... I'm impressed!

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Note the Il-76 now in tanker colours...




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AmirPatriot,

Just to be clear, that Boeing 707 two posts back is NOT a tanker, nor was it ever. It is one of two ELINT-configured aircraft part of Project Ibex.

You can always identify this aircraft by the large rectangular structures at the junction of where the wing meets the fuselage. These are "doors", that cover a camera system.

As to the Boeing ACP, I wouldn't necessarily equate it to Air Force (since it too has SATCOM), which both a VIP aircraft AND an airborne command post.

Truth be told, the Shah had a Air Force One type Boeing 747 on order at the time of the Revolution. This was meant for him, his family, and his closest advisors to travel in (whereas the Boeing 747 was a simpler aircraft meant only for the IIAF to use). It was of course, more of a luxury aircraft than Air Force One (big shop there, nothing was too expensive or "fancy" for the Shah), but would have served a similar function.

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Eagle2009,

Well spotted. Trouble is, we don't have an EW thread for the IRIAF, so I just put all large aircraft in the tanker paint scheme in here. I could make one though... Shall I?

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^^  Yes

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Going for overhaul...


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707 landing... brilliant photo.


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