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Shiraz Air Base, 7th Tactical Air Base

The 7th Tactical Air Base (N2932'21.60" E5235'22.11") is located outside of the city of Shiraz attached to the Shiraz Shahid Dastghaib International Aiport. This base is part of the Western Area Command of the Iranian Air Force. The base serves both military and civilian operations, and has also called Tadayon Air Base. There are two asphalt runways at the base (4259m x 45m and 4342m x 45m) that serviced originally three tactical fighter squadrons (71st, 72nd, and 83rd), three transport squadrons, an ASW squadron, and a helicopter transport squadron. An Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Air Force (IRGCAF) squadron was also stationed at Shiraz.

On 23 February 2000, the Agence France Presse reported that the elite Revoltionary Guards mounted an armed attack against the Shiraz air base. The attackers killed one airman and wounded 11 while they were trying "to take land within the base."

In July 2000, 10 Iranian Jews were sentenced to imprisonment under charges of providing military information about a Shiraz air base. Even though there was no evidence of spying introduced during the court procedings, nine of the defendants confessed to the charges.

As of 2008 the base was home to two fighter squadrons (the 72nd with Su-24 aircraft and an unknown squadron with the IRIAF's Su-25 fleet), three tactical transport squadrons with C-130E/H and Il-76 aircraft, was the home of the 71st Helicopter Squadron (with the IRIAF's fleet of CH-47C, as well as AB-212 aircraft), and the 71st ASW Squadron (operating the IRIAF's P-3F fleet). Reports that the 71st TFS with either F-4D/E or F-5E/F aircraft were unclear. The base also had a PC-7 training squadron and other light aircraft. These likely belonged to the Flying Training Academy reportedly at the base. IRGCAF elements were said to operate Mi-17 helicopters and Il-76 AEW aircraft out of Shiraz.

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