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Action of June 5, 1984
Part of Iran–Iraq War, Tanker War
Date June 5, 1984
Location Arabi Island, Persian Gulf
Result Saudi victory
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Saudi Arabia

Supported by: Flag of the United States.svg United States

Flag of Iran.svg Iran
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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