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Action of June 5, 1984
Part of Iran–Iraq War, Tanker War
DateJune 5, 1984
LocationArabi Island, Persian Gulf
Result Saudi victory

 Saudi Arabia Supported by:

 United States
13 F-15 Eagles 13 F-4 Phantoms
Casualties and losses
None 2 F-4 Phantoms shot down

The Action of June 5, 1984 was an air battle which took place near Arabi Island in the Persian Gulf. Two Iranian Air Force F-4 Phantoms entered Saudi airspace to attack ships. The planes were tracked by a United States Air Force E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft, which directed two Saudi F-15 Eagles to intercept the Iranians. The Saudis shot down both Iranian fighters, causing the Iranians to scramble 11 additional F-4s. In response the Royal Saudi Air Force scrambled 11 additional F-15s, but both sides broke off the engagement.

The Saudi Air Force was supported by American E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft as well as by KC-10 aerial tankers.[1][2]


  1. Smith, William E."Pushing the Saudis too far". Time, 18 June 1984. Retrieved: 26 January 2008.
  2. Halloran, Richard. "2 Iranian fighters reported downed by Saudi Air Force". The New York Times, 6 June 1984, p. 1. Retrieved: 26 January 2008.

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