The United States is worried that left-wing extremists among the Ayatollah Khomeiny's followers in Iran will turn over highly-secret U.
AIR TO AIR GV Missile fired from beneath aircraft's wing and dropping to explode on earth (2 shots)
AIR TO AIR GV F-14 U.S. warplane in flight (2 shots)
AIR TO AIR GV F-14 drops Phoenix missile, which blows up target aircraft (3 shots)
GV Hawk surface-to-air missile being launched
AIR TO AIR SV Maverick guided missile being fired and exploding on ground target (2 shots)
ROWAN: "The Shah of Iran bought billions of dollars' worth of secret American weaponry. Now the American government is not sure the secrets are still secret.
"The revolutionary government of Iran now has seventy-seven of these F-14 jets. The F-14 is the first-line jet of the U.S. Navy, equipped with Phoenix missiles, the F-14 can spot a target more than one hundred miles away, track half a dozen hostile airplanes, and shoot them down simultaneously.
"Then there are the improved Hawk surface-to-air missiles. Iran has these too. And the Maverick guided missile, which also was sold by the United States to Iran. There's concern Iranian revolutionaries could turn these secret weapons over to the Russians, who could develop counter-measures to defeat them."
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Background: The United States is worried that left-wing extremists among the Ayatollah Khomeiny's followers in Iran will turn over highly-secret U.S. aircraft and missiles to Soviet officials for scrutiny. During the past decade, the United States had sold to the Shah of Iran many of its most advanced warplanes and weapons. NBC's Ford Rowan describes the Pentagon's concern.