IRIAF Experts Overhaul C-130 Military Plane
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Experts at the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) successfully overhauled a C-130 Hercules logistic aircraft that had been grounded for ten years.
It took technicians at Shahid Doran Air Base in Iran’s southern city of Shiraz some 30,000 man-hours to overhaul the aircraft.
The military airplane made successful test flights after the overhaul and returned to service.
The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed, now Lockheed Martin.
Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medical evacuation, and cargo transport aircraft.
Before the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the overhaul of military planes in Iran was carried out by foreign military attaché. But today the Islamic Republic is able to overhaul military aircraft thanks to reliance on the capabilities of the country's committed engineers and technicians.
Iran has become one of only a handful of countries capable of performing the servicing and overhaul of its fleet of airplanes, both military and civilian.