As reported by Air Forces Monthly, July 1st Air Force commander of Iran, Brigadier General Hassan Shah-Safi, said that Iran has successfully completed and self-repair and upgrade its MiG-29 fighters. According to him, the personnel of the Air Force returned to flight status of the MiG-29, damaged and in storage, and is currently "in the Iranian Air Force no MiG-29 in its custody or in a non-flying status." From the standpoint of the British edition is obvious that this statement is untrue, because at least half of Iran's MiG-29A still remain in storage for lack of spare parts needed for their maintenance and repair. A.2 publish a full translation of this material without interest.
As the magazine writes, Gen. Shah-Safi also said that the Iranian Air Force can fully protect the national airspace and that the country has made considerable efforts to produce spare parts needed to upgrade its aircraft. Commander of the 2 tactical air base in Tabriz, where the MiG-29 was undergoing repairs, said that Air Force technicians spent 14,000 man-hours to bring the aircraft in flying condition.
Since 1991, the Iranian Air Force received 18 MiG-29A and seven "sparok" MiG-29UB. They were ordered under the contract concluded with the Soviet Union in June 1990, Iran's MiG-29 became the first and only interceptors purchased by Iran after the Iran-Iraq war, and were intended to replace the F-14A Tomcat, which were lost during the war or were decommissioned due to lack of spare parts. MiGs were ordered as part of a plan to rebuild the Iranian fighter aircraft, the proposed Air Force commander Mansoor Sattar. Originally planned to buy 48 MiG-29 to protect the main Iranian Cities: Shiraz, Tehran and Tabriz, but the order has been reduced due to financial constraints.
MiGami manned 11 and 1 tactical squadrons based in Tehran-Mehrabad airport, and 23 and two tactical squadrons in Tabriz. Under the contract, 400 Russian advisors, technicians and instructors for seven years should have to assist in the exploitation of fighters. From Russia are also required to provide them with spare parts during the entire life cycle - 25 years or 25,000 [as in the original text - AF] flight hours.
However, put the MiG-29 were from the presence of the Russian Air Force, and more than half of them should have exhausted the resources to around 2007-2009. By this time it was known at least two Iranian MiG-29A and four MiG-29UB, deposited due to the exhaustion of the resource. As reported, the aircraft manufacturer could not provide guidance on maintenance and repair, making it impossible for Iranian experts to independently conduct repairs. Nevertheless, the leadership of the Iranian Air Force, efforts were made to acquire the necessary documentation from other countries and are expected by mid-1990. Iran could independently carry out periodic inspections of aircraft by its engineers without the participation of Russian specialists.
Iran also managed to get some equipment for these aircraft from other countries - after Russia, allegedly refused to deliver it. For example, two Iranian MiG-29 were equipped with refueling booms, and from Belarus were obtained by hanging pots volume of 1,520 liters.
As mentioned above, because of the production life of the aircraft were decommissioned. The first MiG-29UB fighters from 23 Squadron was transferred to the storage base in 2006, followed in 2007, followed by a second "Spark" and combat the MiG-29A. In the summer of 2008 the MiG-29UB from 11 Squadron at Mehrabad was also deposited in awaiting repairs, the second MiG-29UB same squadron was decommissioned in spring 2009
As a result, the Iranian Air Force leadership has decided that it is necessary to initiate its own program to repair this type of aircraft and requested the aircraft repair enterprise in Tabriz and Tehran, engaged in servicing the MiG-29 as well as the company Iran Aircraft Industries (IACI) with a proposal to repair the aircraft, which are stored at Mehrabad.
During his visit to Tehran, Putin's October 2007 agreement was worth $ 150 million to supply Iran with 50 turbojet engines RD-33 production of MMPs. Chernyshev. Iran has said that these engines will be used in the project of national development fighter Azarakh. It appears that in fact these engines never planned to use an Iranian fighter plane, which is an example of reverse engineering of the American Northrop F-5E Tiger II. It became apparent that this was nothing more than a cover for their real purpose, which was to replace the life of the engine has reached the Iranian MiG-29. Deliveries began in 2008
As part of the repair of aircraft repair plant in Mehrabad in 2007 assumed responsibility for the repair of the first MiG-29UB 23rd Squadron, who were kept in Tabriz. They were followed by work on two of former Iraqi MiG-29A, which had deposited nearly 18 years after his trip to Iran during the Gulf War in 1991, For this reason they were in very poor condition when they were moved to return to Mehrabad in flight status. In the end, the first independent repair Iranian Mig-29A was completed in September 2008 the destroyer made a successful 30-minute test flight.
In the spring of 2010 at Mehrabad were repaired more MiG-29A, at the same time, the first renovated in Tabriz, the MiG-29UB and returned to duty. Repair of the second MiG-29 in Tabriz was completed in June 2010 This aircraft was damaged in 2001 but it postponed the repair of eight years due to lack of necessary details.
Currently, the company continues IACI repair program Iranian MiG-29 at ARZ in Tabriz and Tehran.
There are unconfirmed reports that Russia may again be ready to assist the repair work carried out by IACI to Mehrabad. Despite the shortage of spare parts, since 2008 the Iranian Air Force was able to return into operation five MiG-29 are stored, and the next five years is planned to increase this number only to the efforts of staff of the Air Force and IACI.