The Iranian Airforce (IRIAF) appears to require a modernization as most of their aircraft was acquired from the late 70s and early 80s. They certainly appear to be self sufficient in reverse engineering these american and european combat aircraft to production of their own variants: Saeqeh and Azarakhsh and recently the F-313 stealth fighter, which has yet to be shown to be actually capable of flying. However in comparison to the airforce of its neighbors, Iran appears to be lacking modern combat aircraft: UAE: F-16 Block E/F Saudi Arabia: F-15S, Eurofighter Typhoons, Tornado USAF Persian Gulf fleet: F-22A, F/A-18, F-35 Turkey: F-16 C/D Pakistan: F-16 Due to the political tension it certainly is difficult for any country trying to sell modern combat aircraft to Iran. The question is how will Iran deal with the increasing air power of its neighbors. How likely is it that Iran will acquire modern Russian (Su-35), French (Rafael) fighter jets in an attempt to modernize the fleets? Or rather will the focus be on reverse engineering and coming up with their own variants??