7 Ağustos 2012 Salı
Iran Overhauls Strategic Mig-29 Fighter Jets
A Mig-29 fighter jet of the Iranian Army conducted its test flight successfully on Saturday after being overhauled by local experts.
The aircraft which was down for 12 years could experience its first flight after it was overhauled at Shaheed Fakouri air base in Iran's Northwestern city of Tabriz, which took 21,000 man/hour of work.
The Iranian experts spent 24 months to overhaul the strategic fighter jet and mounted three types of modern electronic systems onto the aircraft in a bid to increase its technical and backup capabilities.
A senior Iranian Air Force commander had announced last year that the country had succeeded in overhauling its strategic Mig-29 fighter jets inside the country.
"For the first time in the country, we received the permission for overhauling two Mig-29 fighter jets in Tabriz (air base) and the five-stage overhauling procedures were carried out in two phases in Tabriz," Commander of Tabriz Air Base Mohammad Hellatabadi said in a ceremony in Iran's Northwestern city of Tabriz in February 2011.
Iran has recently made good progress in the air industry and has succeeded in gaining the technical know-how for producing stealth aircraft and drones.