F-4E Phantom II

Training Cited in Turkish Aircraft Losses

In December 2013, Turkish officials warned that because military pilots were leaving service at such an alarming rate, much greater attention must be paid to the training regime. Slightly over a year later, Turkey mourns the loss of six pilots in a span of six days. Two Turkish RF-4E reconnaissance jets crashed into a hill […]

Two Turkish F-4s Crash, Four Pilots Killed

Two Turkish F-4 fighter jets crashed Tuesday during a reconnaissance mission in eastern Turkey, killing the four pilots. The aircraft took off from the Erhac Air Base near Malatya in eastern Turkey. Malatya’s governor, Suleyman Kamci, said the aircraft disappeared from radar shortly after they took off for the reconnaissance mission. Rescue teams were deployed […]

Turkey Seeks Hybrid Solution in ‘New vs Old Weapons’

Turkey’s military and procurement planners are favoring a “hybrid” approach which they believe will optimize their logistical requirements and help them maintain a fine balance between new and old gear. “We have a general understanding to avoid both extremes,” said one procurement official in charge of planning. “We don’t think a general framework would yield […]

Iranian Phantom Jet Strikes the Islamic State in Iraq

An Iranian McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II jet has struck Islamic State targets in the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala, footage shot by regional media shows. At least one F-4 is seen conducting a bombing run against ground targets in the footage shot by Al Jazeera , which erroneously identified the aircraft as an Iraqi […]

Turkish Jets Conduct Intel Mission Against PKK Targets in Iraq

Turkish army has said its surveillance aircraft have conducted reconnaissance flight in northern Iraq to gather intelligence from camps of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The army said in a statement on Tuesday that four RF-4E surveillance planes flew in northern Iraq to survey “separatist terrorist organization targets,” a phrase the army uses to […]

Iran’s Army Overhauls Fighter Jets

Iran, which made steadfast achievements in the military sphere, has overhauled F-4 and F-14 jet fighters successfully. The Iranian army experts overhauled the F-14 fighter jet after 35,000 person-hour work at the Shahid Babaei air base in Isfahan, Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported on September 9. Also, an F-4 fighter jet was overhauled after 70,000 […]