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Iranian Airbase Overhauls Mig-29 Fighter Jet.

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Air Force announced that experts at Shahid Fakouri Airbase have managed to overhaul a Mig-29 fighter jet.

The overhauling operations of the fighter jet took 17,000 man/hours of work. The Mig-29 aircraft joined the Air Force fleet after making its maiden flight in Northwestern Iran.

The aircraft ia back to service after it was grounded for five years.

Last August, a senior Iranian Air Force commander had announced that the country attained self-sufficiency in overhauling military aircraft despite the sanctions imposed by the western countries.

"Thanks God and thanks to the Iranian Air Force experts and engineers, we have become self-sufficient in airplane overhauling, pilot training and many other fields," Head of Shahid Sattari Aviation Science and Technology University Brigadier General Mehdi Hadiyan announced.

He reiterated that the Air Force is now self-sufficient in all areas while all its planes fly in accordance with the required standards.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and gained self-sufficiency in manufacturing essential military hardware and defense systems.

Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.

In June, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for Logistics Major General Mostafa Izadi announced Tehran's preparedness to overhaul the most advanced jet engines in the world.

"I can say that we are able to provide the infrastructures to overhaul the latest version of any engines within 3 to 4 months," Izadi said in Tehran.

He said that Iran Aircraft Industries (SAHA) is among the rare centers in the world which can overhaul and inspect different types of airplanes and engines of military and cargo planes.

"We have worked with many countries and have overhauled their planes and we have even overhauled planes in the African continent and South America," Izadi said.

The regional states have also praised the high capabilities of Iranian Navy forces and experts in overhauling and building different types of planes and fighter jets.

In relevant remarks in August 2013, Iranian Air Force Commander Brigadier General Hassan Shah Safi underlined the need for long-term planning in the field of parts manufacturing and indigenizing production of the parts and components needed for his force's fighter jets and aircraft.

"We should pay heed to (airplane) parts manufacturing more than before by adopting long-term planning in the field and looking at the far-away horizons," Brigadier General Shah Safi said.

"We have fully supplied all the parts needed by the air force through expediting a parts manufacturing movement, cooperation with defense ministry's aviation industries organization in manufacturing testers and utilizing veterans' experiences," he added.

In August 2013, the Iranian Air Force announced that the Iranian experts in Shahid Nasser Habibi air base in Northeastern Iran managed to overhaul two mirage F-1 fighter jets.

The overhauling operations of the two fighter jets took 45,000 man/hours of work. The two aircraft joined the Iranian Air Force fleet after making their maiden flights.

Also in June 2013, Iran announced that its experts in Shaheed Fakouri air base were overhauling different types of aircraft, including the strategic Mig-29 and F-5 fighter jet.

"The (country's) second air base is in a high state of preparedness by overhauling its Mig-29 and F-5 fighter jets highly effectively and manufacturing different plane parts," General Massoud Rouzkhosh said.

"Considering Iran and the region's strategic and sensitive geographical situation, the armed forces should always remain in a state of full operational readiness," the pilot added.

In August 2012, a Mig-29 fighter jet of the Iranian Army conducted its test flight successfully 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, 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.

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