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5/17/00
Commander: Iranian Air Force Highly Equipped

Tehran, May 17, IRNA -- Acting Commander of the Air force, Brigadier General Iraj Osareh said here Wednesday that the Iranian Air force is equiped with the most sophisticated equipment in terms of technology.

Addressing a press conference, he said that 'Azarakhsh' war planes as well as 'Dorna' and 'Parasto' training planes have reached the stage of mass production so that the fifth Azarakhsh plane is being built and the other four are flying at the moment.

Also, the third Dorna and the 11th, 12th and 13th Parasto training planes are being manufactured at present. The first 10 Parsto planes are being flown.

Turning to the missile technology of the country, he said all the air-to-air, air-to surface and surface-to-air missiles are being built in the country according to the modern and up-to-date technology.

General Osareh added that the Air Force personnel have upgraded or changed the function of the missiles Iran possesses.

Further elaborating on other achievements of the Air Force, he said various missiles are being deployed on various planes, adding that Eastern-made missiles are used in Western-manufactured aircraft and vice versa. This, he added, is a manifestation of high expertise and specialized personnel of the Air Force in designing and software.

He said the Air Force carries out manufacture of one third of the parts or 80 percent of its general needs and is among the very few world countries in producing aircraft tyre.

General Osareh said that in the manufacture of the required pieces, the Air Force benefits from cooperation of Isfahan, Sharif (Tehran) and a number of other technical universities within the country.

He said that certain European countries assist Iran in the transfer of aircraft technology, including avionic, in the light of their satisfactory relations with the Islamic Republic.

Underlining Iran's startegic position in the region, General Osareh said today the Iranian Air Force enjoys high dynamism and flexibility and is in a very suitable condition.

On future programs of the Air Force, General Osareh said employment of modern tactics in air battles is among furture plans of the Air Force.



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