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Khatami Air Base, 8th Tactical Air Base
Badr Air Base

The Khatami Air Base (N35°12'37.72" E48°39'17.34") is located northeast of the city of Esfahan within the Esfahăn/Shahid Beheshti International Airport. This base is part of the Western Area Command of the Iranian Air Force. The base is used for both military and civilian operations, and is also called Esfahan Shahid International. There is two asphalt runways at the base (4400m x 45m and 4400m x 45m) that service two tactical fighter squadrons (81st and 82nd). These squadrons were reportedly flying F-5E/F Tiger II and Su-24 type aircraft as of 2008. A local base SAR detachment flying AB-212 helicopters as also said to be present.

The Badr AFB (N32°37'15.68" E51°41'48.41") is also located in Esfahan. It is also known as Sepah Air Base. This base is operated by the military and has two asphalt runways (447m x 30m and 3525m x 43m). Some of Iran's fleet of MFI-17 Mushshak trainer aircraft was said to be based at Badr. Badr is also home to Army aviation units flying the CH-47 and AH-1J helicopters.

In a report conducted by John Shields in 1996, he found that the Iran Aircraft Industries maintained major aircraft repair, overhaul, and manufacturing facilities were at the Esfahan base. For instance, the Iran-140 was produced at the base. The IAI was supported by aerospace R&D from the University of Esfahan, which had designed most of Iran's Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as of 1989.

Isfahan's Shahid Babaie Air Base is unique in its kind worldwide in terms of maintenance and overhaul of F14 fighter jets (Tomcat). In November 2011 Commander of the Air Base, Brigadier Ali-Reza Barkhor told IRNA that his Base is the only center for training pilots for fixed wing planes of the Islamic Republic Army. He said his Base is also handling flights F14 planes after 33 years of sanctions which indicates high experience of Air Force technicians. The commander said the flight of such warplanes is of significance regarding their overhaul by Iranian technicians using indigenized technology. “This Base is ready to repel any crisis using all its facilities and the personnel stationed there are soldiers of Velayat, supporting the government and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he added.

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