According to the magazine, General Shah-Safi also said that the Iranian Air Force can vsepolnotsenno protect national air space and that the country has made significant efforts to the production of spare parts needed for the modernization of its own aircraft. Commander 2 Tactical Air Base in Tabriz, where the MiG-29 are repair, stated that the technical experts at the Air Force spent 14,000 man-hours to bring the aircraft to flying condition.
Since 1991, the Iranian Air Force received 18 MiG-29A and seven "sparok" MiG-29UB. They were booked under the agreement concluded with the Soviet Union in June 1990 Iranian MiG-29 became the first and only interceptor newfound Iran after the Iran-Iraq war, and were intended to substitute F-14A Tomcat, which were lost during the war or were taken out of service due to lack of spare parts. MiGs were ordered as part of a plan to restore the Iranian fighter aircraft proposed by the commander of the Air Force Sattar Mansour. Initially planned to buy 48 MiG-29 to protect the major Iranian cities of Shiraz, Tehran and Tabriz, but the order has been reduced because of financial constraints.
MiGs manned 11 and 1 Tactical Squadron, based at Mehrabad airport in Tehran, also 23, and two tactical squadrons in Tabriz. Under the agreement, 400 Russian advisers, technicians and instructors for 7 years, had to assist in the operation of fighters. Of the Russian Federation is also required to provide them with spare parts in throughout the current cycle — 25 years, or 25,000 [text in a unique way — AF] flight hours.
But put the MiG-29 proved the presence of Russian Air Force, and more than half of them were about to run out of resources 2007-2009. By this time it was clear very little about the 2-Iranian MiG-29A and 4 MiG-29UB transferred to storage due to the exhaustion of the resource. It was reported that the aircraft manufacturer has failed to provide the management of maintenance and repair, making unfeasible for Iranian professionals without the help of others to carry out repairs. Yet, the management of the Iranian air force, efforts were made to acquire the necessary documentation from other states, and is expected by mid-1990. Iran could without the help of others to carry out repetitive inspections of aircraft using its own engineers without the participation of Russian professionals.
Iran also managed to get some equipment for these aircraft from other countries — after our homeland, presumably, refused to deliver. For example, two Iranian MiG-29 were equipped refueling booms, and from Belarus were obtained mounted tanks of 1520 liters ..
As mentioned above, due to resource production aircraft were decommissioned. First MiG-29UB of 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 of 11 Squadron at Mehrabad also was deposited in anticipation of repair, the second MiG-29UB of the same squadron was decommissioned in spring 2009
As a result, management of the Iranian Air Force has decided that it is necessary to initiate a repair program from this type of aircraft, and has asked the aircraft repair companies Tabriz and Tehran are engaged in service MiG-29, also of Iran Aircraft Industries (IACI) with a proposal to repair the aircraft in storage at Mehrabad.
During his visit to Tehran, Vladimir Putin in October 2007 an agreement was reached at the cost of $ 150 million to supply Iran with 50 turbojet engines RD-33 production of MMP. Chernyshev. Iran has stated that these engines will be used in the project fighter State Development Azarakh. It appears, in fact, these engines never planned to be used in the Iranian fighter jet, which is an example of working engineering South American Northrop F-5E Tiger II. It was natural that it was less than a cover for their real purpose, which is to replace the exhausted engines Iranian MiG-29. Deliveries began in 2008
In the framework of programs from Aircraft Repair Plant in Mehrabad in 2007 took over the responsibility for the repair of the first MiG-29UB 23rd Squadron, who were in custody in Tabriz. This was followed by work on the 2-former Iraqi MiG-29A, which had deposited almost 18 years after his own trip to Iran during the Gulf War in 1991 For this reason, they were in very bad condition when they were brought to Tehran Mehrabad International Airport to return to flying condition. In the end, the first attempt to repair the Iranian MiG-29A was completed in September 2008 fighter made a successful 30-minute test flight.
In the spring of 2010 at Mehrabad been refurbished additional MiG-29A, at which time the first renovated in Tabriz MiG-29UB and again returned to duty. Repair the second MiG-29 in Tabriz, was completed in June 2010 this plane was damaged in 2001, but its repair postponed for eight years because of the lack of the necessary details.
At the current time, the company continues to IACI repair program from Iranian MiG-29 ARZ in Tabriz and Tehran.
There are unconfirmed reports that the Russian side may again be ready to assist the repair work carried out at Mehrabad IACI. Despite the lack of spare parts, starting with the 2008 Iranian Air Force managed to return to the system 5 MiG-29 that were in storage, and in the coming 5 years, it is planned to see only the efforts of the staff of the Air Force and IACI.