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Photos: 10 domestically-made Tufan helicopters delivered to Iranian Navy

Source: Mehr News Agency; photos by Vahid Reza Alaei

Ten domestically manufactured Tufan (storm) helicopters were delivered to the Iranian Navy in a ceremony held on Saturday to commemorate the anniversary of Operation Beit-ul-Moqaddas.

Operation Beit-ul-Moqaddas was a major military operation which was carried out in May 1982 during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.

Iranian Defense Minster Ahmad Vahidi attended the ceremony.

"Reaching the goal of self-sufficiency is a great stride and a great national honor for the independent and efficient aircraft manufacturing industries of the Defense Ministry," Vahidi told reporters.

The rotorcrafts have been made by the expert Iranian engineers of the Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industrial Company, which is a subsidiary of the Iranian Defense Ministry.

The Tufan helicopter has been designed for offensive operations and is equipped with high-tech Multi-Function Display (MFD), Head-Up Display (HUD), and advanced telecommunications systems.

The Tufan rotary wing aircraft is armed with rockets, advanced anti-tank missiles, and a 20-millimeter gun and enjoys a high maneuverability and agility.

A composite rotor blade production line was also inaugurated during the ceremony.

The use of composite materials in the production of the blades will extend their operational lifetime several fold.

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