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Iran's Air Force Renovates Strategic Mig-29

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A senior Iranian military commander announced that the country has successfully renovated one of its strategic Mig-29 fighter jets.

 The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting quoted Iranian Air Force Commander Brigadier General Hassan Shahsafi as saying that the refurbishment of the fighter jet was carried out at a military airbase in the northwestern city of Tabriz where the aircraft successfully took off after being grounded for years.

"All the stages of the fighter's repair and modernization program were conducted by Iranian engineers," Shahsafi noted.

The commander also noted that the country has, over the past years, made extensive efforts to build the essential spare parts to upgrade the IRIAF fleet and optimize its performance.

Iran also geared up for the maiden flight of its pilotless trainer aircrafts on June 1 at the re-launching ceremony of the renovated Mig-29.

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.

Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran, to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and fighter planes.

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.

Source: farsnews.com

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