Interceptors and Air-to-air Missiles
Each interceptor squadron was deployed at a separate base for defense of a specific target. Their five interceptor squadrons had limited all-weather capability and were all equipped with MiG-21s (NATO reporting name FISHBED).
The Iraqis were displeased with Soviet air-to-air missiles. Pakistani technicians were reported to have helped the Iraqis modify some MiG-21s to carry the French-made R550 Magic air-to-air missile. The Iraqis claimed to have used a MiG-21 so equipped to down an F-14.
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“At the rate science proceeds, rockets and missiles will one day seem like buffaloslow, endangered grazers in the black pasture of outer space.”
—Bernard Cooper (b. 1936)