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Bushehr Air Base, 6th Tactical Air Base

The 6th Tactical Air Base (N2856'41.32" E5050'04.69") is located outside of the port city of Bushehr in southern Iran. This base is part of the Southern Area Command of the Iranian Air Force. The base is used for both military and civilian operations. There are two asphalt runways at the base (4470m x 45m and 4471m x 45m). There are three tactical fighter squadrons located at Bushehr which fly F-4Ds, F-4Es, and F-14s. Bushehr was believed to be the only base for F-14s by 2008.

In an IRNA report on 16 May 1998, Brigadier pilot Siavash Moshiri (Commander of the 6th TAB) stated that 800 pilots and personnel from Bushehr, Hamadan, Tabriz, Dezful, Umidiyeh, Bandar Abbas, and Chabahar would be in Bushehr conducting the Moharrain aerial maneuvers. The aim of these exercises (aerial bombardment, missile launches, and strafing exercises) was to evalute new equipment and improve the quality of pilot education.

On 7 April 2003, Iran Liberation reported on statements made by the People's Mojahedin Organization that Iranian forces were positioning themselves despite Tehrans non-intervence policy in Iraq during the US occupation. The report mentioned that two war planes in the Bushehr air base were on a state of readiness around the clock, armed with air-to-air missiles. Similar planes were ready at bases in Hamaden, Dezful, and Bandar Abbas.

During anti-aircraft manuevers in Bushehr on December 2003, two civilians were killed and many others injured when anti-aircraft cannon shells failed to explode in the air, causing them to explode upon impact with the earth.

The city of Bushehr also houses a large nuclear reactor and a naval base (that is equipped with a heliport).

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