The Iranian Air Force plans to manufacture a home-made simulator for Mig-29, Deputy Commander of the Army’s Self-Sufficiency Jihad Rear Admiral Farhad Amiri announced.

“Iranian Army’s Air Force has manufactured Sukhoi Su-24 and Mirage simulators and we are going to start construction of Mig-29 simulator soon,” Admiral Amiri said, lauding Iran’s Army self-sufficiency in different fields.

In April, Iran unveiled and launched its first home-made Mirage fighter jet simulator in a ceremony attended by Commander of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) Brigadier General Hassan Shahsafi.

The Mirage simulator system was designed and built by Iranian engineers and all its parts were produced domestically.

Military officials said the machine enjoyed the capability to simulate flights in different weather conditions.

The officials also said that the simulator was built to enhance pilots’ preciseness and skills as well as flight safety and reduced the costs.

Iranian experts have made huge progress in designing and developing various types of military simulators in recent years. Simulators help cadets receive better training and test their piloting and shooting skills in various weather conditions.

The product helps the country save millions of dollars.

In January, Iran’s Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base unveiled simulators for anti-aircraft Hawk and Skyguard missile systems.

Commander of Iran’s Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli pointed to the unique specifications of these two missile systems simulators, and said, “We can simulate targets in real-scales and in different classes of missiles, airplanes, helicopters and drones by using these simulators which are completely independent and needless of operating systems.”

He explained that the simulators have been designed fully similar to the main (missile) systems in terms of appearance, keys and panels, and said, “All training phases of these systems can be seen through closed-circuit cameras and computers by trainer and the trainer can evaluate operators’ reactions.”

Iran has recently renewed and upgraded the weapons and defense systems of its air defense units.

Earlier this year, General Esmayeeli announced that experts and engineers of Iran’s Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base have successfully designed and manufactured a simulator for anti-aircraft Hawk missile system.

“Production of this simulator enabled us to teach all the officers need about Hawk anti-aircraft missile system,” he said at the time.

Brigadier General Esmayeeli hailed Iranian experts’ unsparing efforts to achieve self-sufficiency in producing the needed equipment for the country’s air defense systems.

Senior Iranian military officials announced in September 2010 that Iran gained self-sufficiency in manufacturing simulators, adding that the country possessed more than 800 home-made simulators then.

In August 2010, the Iranian Army started using two home-made Cobra Chopper simulators in an airborne base in n Iran’s western city of Kermanshah.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and gained self-sufficiency in manufacturing essential military hardware and defense systems.