The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force has test-flown a “domestically-upgraded” C-130 aircraft.
September 27: Iranian news agency PressTV is reporting that the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) has test-flown a “domestically-upgraded” C-130 aircraft.
The IRIAF flies ten C-130H and nine C-130E transporters from a total of 60 aircraft delivered in the early 1970s before the Islamic revolution. Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi is reported to have said the aircraft should have been upgraded earlier, but couldn’t be done due to international sanctions and losing contact with Lockheed, the manufacturer it. He added “The Defence Ministry’s aerial industry experts not only upgraded the C-130, but also made greater achievements by designing and producing advanced durable parts.”
The C-130s fly with the 11th and 12th 11th Tactical Airlift Squadrons from Tehran-Mehrabad International Airport and the 71st and 72nd Tactical Airlift Squadrons based at Shiraz-Shahid Dastghaib International Airport.