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F-14A Tomcat  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1973
Total Production: 773
Unitary Cost: USD$38 million
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Northrop Grumman
Parent System: F-14 Tomcat
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1973
Total Production: 773
Total Cost: USD$29 billion
Family Members: F-14B Tomcat and F-14D Tomcat
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Description: The US Navy F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, swing-wing, two-place strike fighter for use by the US Navy aboard its aircraft carrier. Its primary role is air superiority with a secondary ground strike and reconnaissance capabilities. The Tomcat can be equipped with the TARPS pod for reconnaissance missions and the LANTIRN laser designator pod for precision ground strike missions. The F-14 Tomcat can track up to 24 airborne targets attacking 6 of them using the powerful AIM-54 Phoenix. It can also carry out air-to-air engagements using the proven AIM-7 Sparrow and the AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. In the event of a close-in engagement the 20mm Vulcan M61A1/A2 cannon is the weapon of choice. The F-14 Tomcat entered service with the US Navy in 1973 and its official retirement was carried out on September 22, 2006 at Naval Air Station Oceana.

The carrier-based F-14A Tomcat entered the fleet in 1973 replacing the F-4 Phantom II in the air defense role. In 1986, they provided air cover for the joint strike on Libyan terrorist targets. The F-14A Tomcat is powered by two TF30-P-414A engines, an IRST (InfraRed Searcher and Tracker), and the AWG-9 pulse-Doppler radar system. The F-14A provides long-range air defense to US Navy's carrier strike groups. In addition to the US Navy the F-14A was sold to the Air Force of Iran in the 1970s.

F-14A Tomcat Applications


Fighting Ships CV 63 Kitty Hawk CVN 68 Nimitz

F-14A Tomcat Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 2
Dimensions
Height: 4.80 meter (15.7 foot)
Length: 18.8 meter (62 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 20 millimeter
Wingspan: 19 meter (62 foot)
Performance
Ceiling: 15,250 meter (50,033 foot)
Max Range: 1,694 kilometer (915 nautical mile)
Min Range: 1,215 meter
Speed
Top Speed at High Altitude: 777 mps (2,798 kph)
Weight
Max Takeoff Thrust: 41,800 pound (18,960 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 33,067 kilogram (72,899 pound)
Payload: 5,897 kilogram (13,000 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Iran79
YearHoldings
200925

Grand Total 7782
Cannons & Gear
M61A1x1
Defensive Weapons
AIM-54C Phoenixx6
AIM-7M Sparrowx2
AIM-9M Sidewinderx2
Protection Systems
AN/ALQ-126B
Sensor Systems
AN/AWG-9x1
LANTIRNx1
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