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IRIAF 2010

IRIAF 2010: The Modern Iranian Air Force Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review December 2010 Title IRIAF 2010: The Modern Iranian Air Force
Author Tom Cooper, Babak Taghvaee and Liam F. Devlin Publisher Harpia Publishing, LLC
Published 2010 ISBN 978-0-9825539-3-0
Format 160 pages, softbound MSRP (Euro) 29.95€


Belligerent Iran remains a touchstone of Middle East conflict and tension.  And the spearhead of its military might remains the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force – the IRIAF.

That’s the subject of a fascinating study from Harpia Publishing.  And IRIAF 2010: The Modern Iranian Air Force certainly offers a spellbinding snapshot of Iranian military aviation today.

Authors Tom Cooper, Babak Taghvaee and Liam F. Devlin paint an absorbing, 160-page picture of survival amidst conflict with internal and external foes.  Opening chapters outline the air arm’s rich historical heritage.  And 12 subsequent sections provide a surprisingly candid, base-by-base précis of current IRIAF combat and support capabilities.

Modelers note!  Over 120 beautiful color shots season the account.  Every major IRIAF aircraft type – fighters, transports, trainers and helicopters – populate the pages.  And the order-of-battle summary even includes rare unit badges!

This unique, richly illustrated volume deserves a place on the shelf of all Middle East scholars and enthusiasts.  Highly recommended.

With thanks to Harpia Publishing for the review copy.