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February 19, 2014

Iranian Air Force upgrades C-130 Hercules aircraft

The Iranian maintenance and logistics experts have repaired and overhauled the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Air Force (IRIAF) C-130 Hercules tactical transport aircraft.

The Iranian maintenance and logistics experts have repaired and overhauled the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Air Force (IRIAF) C-130 Hercules tactical transport aircraft.

Carried out at the Martyr Major General Abbas Doran 7th Base, located in the western city of Shiraz, Iran, the overhauling operations took 23,000 man/hours of professional work, Fars News Agency reports.

The aircraft has joined the Iranian Air Force fleet following completion of its maiden flight test.

Iran currently uses C-130E, C-130H and 1 RC-130 aircraft for troop and cargo transport operations.

Manufactured by Lockheed Martin, the C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed to support airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, maritime patrol and aerial firefighting missions.

"The aircraft has joined the Iranian Air Force fleet following completion of its maiden flight test."

Powered by four Allison AE2100D3 turboprop engines, the heavy-lift aircraft features a glass cockpit, digital avionics and a new propulsion system with a four-bladed propeller, and is capable of accommodating a payload of up to 20t, or more than 90 passengers.

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The aircraft entered operational service with US military in the 1950s, and is also used by Australian, Indonesian, Canadian, Danish, Indian, Italian, Norwegian and the UK air forces, and the US Coast Guard.

The Iranian experts have also successfully overhauled two mirage F-1 fighter jets at Shahid Nasser Habibi air base in north-eastern Iran, following 45,000 man/hours of work in August 2013.

Iran also revealed in June last year that its experts were also upgrading different aircraft types, including the strategic Mig-29 and F-5 fighter jets, according to the news agency.

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