Mehrabad Air Base, 1st Tactical Air Base
The Mehrabad Air Base (N35°41'21" E51°18'48.30") is located outside of the capital city, Tehran. This base is part of the Western Area Command of the Iranian Air Force. The air field is used for both civilian and military needs. Its civilian name is Tehran-Mehrabad International.
There are three runways at this base. The two longer runways are asphalt, while the shortest one is concrete. Only one is ILS capable.
It was reported that during the late 70's, two squadrons of F-4Es and one squadron of RF-4Es were stationed at the base. In a 1994, A. Cordesman reported that fighter attack units and air defense units were based at Mehrabad. Subsequent information indicateed that four tactical fighter sqaudrons and four transport sqaudrons are stationed.
By 2008 Mehrabad was said to be home to the 11th and 14th Tactical Fighter Squadrons, with Mig-29 and Su-24 aircraft, the 11th and 12th TAS with C-130E/H aircraft, a transport squadron, a support squadron, a VIP squadron and additional base support units. A reconnaissance squadron with modified C-130 and Boeing 707 aircraft was also reported. The air base itself included the main F-14A maintenance facilities, belonging to the Iranian Aircraft Industries (IACI). Also housed on the base was the Iranian Helicopter Support and Manufacturing Company (IHSMC), an organization tasked with the reclaiming, maintaining and upgrading of various elements of Iran's Western helicopter fleet. Remant F-5A/Bs, like those used to create Simorgh fighter-trainers were also reported to be in storage at the base.
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