Zorasani Irfanic Revolutionary Air Force

Zorasani Irfanic Revolutionary Air Force
ارتش انگلآب زوراسانی ارفانی
Arteš-e Enghelâb-e Javv-ye Mosallah-e Zorasāni-e Erfāni
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Active1946-present
Country Zorasan
AllegianceUnion of Zorasani Irfanic Republics
BranchAir force
RoleAerial and electronic warfare
Size75,000 active duty personnel
8,000 Reserve personnel
128 civilian personnel
Approx. ~1,105+ aircraft
Part ofZorasani Irfanic Revolutionary Army
Motto(s)راه ما، راه حسین است‎, Rāh-e ma, rāh-e adashir ast "Our Path, Is Adashir's Path"
Commanders
Supreme Commander in ChiefVahid Isfandiar
Minister of National DefenseAlireza Fadavi
Minister for the NavyHabibollah Pourdastan
Chief of StaffAdm. Nassad Ashfari
Coordinator Deputy CommanderAdm. Sayeed Sayyari
Insignia
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The Zorasani Irfanic Revolutionary Air Force (Pardarian: ارتش انگلآب زوراسانی ارفانی; Arteš-e Enghelâb-e Javv-ye Mosallah-e Zorasāni-e Erfāni) is the aerial warfare uniform service branch of the Zorasani Irfanic Revolutionary Army, tasked primarily with the aerial defence of Zorasan, with a secondary role of providing air support to the Zorasani Irfanic Revolutionary Land Forces and the Zorasani Irfanic Revolutionary Navy. The ZIRAF has a tertiary role of providing strategic air transport and logistics capability to Zorasan. As of 2017, per ISSG, the ZIRAF has 75,000 personnel. It operates 1,105 aircraft.

Its primary mandate and mission is "to provide, in synergy with other inter-services, the most efficient, assured and cost effective aerial Defence of Zorasan." Since its establishment in 1946, the ZIRAF has been involved in various combat operations, providing aerial support to military operations and relief efforts.

History

Formation

The origins of the ZIRAF are traced back to the late 1930s, when Xiaodong provided the Revolutionary Resistance Command with a series of fighter-aircraft and twin engined bombers. The nascent air force saw little action, owing to the lack of trained pilots and a shortage of ammunition, however, the aircraft would survive the Solarian War and Zorasani Uprising. In wake of Zorasani independence in 1946 and the fracturing of the state, the RRC formally created the Zorasani Irfanic Revolutionary Air Force, utilising the aircraft preserved from the 1930s.

Further assistance came from abroad, when the RRC secured the delivery of eighteen Lyobov Ly-5 and ten Yegorov Yeg-9 fighters from Chervolesia via Xiaodong. With training assistance from Xiaodong and steady supplies of ammunitiion the ZIRAF would be the only viable example of an airforce in the Zorasani region until the late 1950s.

Pardarian Civil War

With the outbreak of war between the various factions of post-war Pardaran, the ZIRAF launched coordinated attacks on Imperial and warlord positions and forces, often only in support of ground operations. On the 20 April 1947, the ZIRAF launched several airstrikes on poorly constructed Imperial airbases south of Zahedan, destroying 11 aircraft.

Zorasani wars of unification

Modern

Structure

Commands

Bases

Rank structure

Personnel

Special Forces

Religious minorities in the ZIRAF

Inventory

Aircraft

Aircraft Origin Role In service
Combat Aircraft
Ronghui S-11  Xiaodong 4th-generation multirole fighter 35 (9 more on order)
SAI Baregheh  Zorasan Multirole fighter 139
SAI Tondar  Zorasan Multirole fighter 70
SAI Asefeh  Zorasan 4th-generation Air superiority fighter 58 (built under license)
SAI H-05 Azhdar  Zorasan 3rd-generation Air superiority fighter 38 (to be retired)
SAI GR-7 Imam Ardashir  Zorasan Fighter-bomber 106
AWACS
Shengkong KJ-10  Xiaodong AEW&C 2
SDIC-03  Xiaodong/ Zorasan AEW&C 3
Electronic-warfare
Taktarev Ta-26  Chervolesia Electronic warfare 2
SDIC-03  Xiaodong/ Zorasan EW & Radar jamming 3
Reconnaissance
Caviglia R-100  Etruria SIGINT 2
Tanker
Taktarev Ta-78  Chervolesia Aerial refueling 4
Transport
Qingbei Y-9  Xiaodong Transport 6
Taktarev Ta-12  Chervolesia Transport 3
Shengkong Y-7  Xiaodong Transport 8
Shengkong MA60  Xiaodong Transport 12
Helicopters
Dr-8  Chervolesia Utility 23
Dr-17  Chervolesia Utility 18
Panha Shabaviz 2-75  Zorasan Utility ~20
Trainer aircraft

Modernisation and acquisitions

Planned acquisitions

UAV program

Involvement in Zorasani society

In popular culture