Iranian F-14 Tomcats escorting a Russian Tu-95 bomber during air strike in Syria
Something really interesting details have been exposed by the material released by Russia’s MoD lately.
Indeed, as you can see in the video below, IRIAF (Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force) F-14 Tomcat interceptors escorted Russian Air Force Tu-95 Bear bombers flying in Iranian airspace during their 9h 30mins missions (from Engels airbase and back, along the Iraq-Iran-Caspian Sea 6,500 km-long corridor) against terrorist targets in Syria.
Iran is the sole operator of the F-14 and the AIM-54 Phoenix missile-- to which we never built a successor. The Phoenix is longer range than any other air-to-air munition in our inventory.
During the Iran-Iraq war, the Iranians used the F-14s as glorified AWACS, due to the powerful on-board AWG-9 radar they had on board to direct the long-range Phoenix with.
These are also the planes (about a dozen in operation) that they use to guard their Nuclear power plants.
Highly recommend this book. Describes how the Iranians used American tech, and American technology, to completely decimate the French-supported Iraqis whom started the war with a clear advantage in both numbers and supply.