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News number: 9202246196

14:07 | 2013-06-01

Defence

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Commander: Iranian Air Base Overhauling Mig-29, F-5 Fighter Jets

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian experts in Shaheed Fakouri air base in Iran's Northwestern city of Tabriz are overhauling different types of aircraft, including the strategic Mig-29 and F-5 fighter jets, the air base commander said.



"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 on Saturday.

"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.