Iranian Mirage Jets Equipped with Homegrown Radars, Weaponry: Commander
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Deputy commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) Brigadier General Hamid Vahedi said the country’s Mirage fighter jets have been equipped with domestically made radars and weaponry.
Speaking to Tasnim, Brigadier General Vahedi highlighted the country’s self-sufficiency in the arms sphere and said the IRIAF’s Mirage F1 fighters have been equipped with homegrown radars.
The fighter jets have also been armed with domestic weapons, the commander added.
Back in December 2014, Iran said it had equipped the Mirage fighters with home-made cruise missiles despite sanctions imposed on the country’s Armed Forces.
Military technicians at the Iranian defense ministry managed to manufacture a missile system and mount it on Mirage fighter jets.
Previously, Iran’s Mirage fighters were almost out of service and could not be used in military missions since the jets were compatible with Exocet missiles as well as some types of Russian-made missiles which Iran was unable to import because of sanctions.
Mirage fighter jets produced by the French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation, have great capabilities in aerial combat and are in service in only six countries around the world, including Iran.
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.
Tehran has always assured other nations that its military might poses no threat to the regional countries, saying that the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.