The Iranian Air Force test-fired a new home-made missile mounted on an overhauled F7 fighter jet, a senior commander announced on Saturday.
“When we bought the F7 fighters, they suffered operational and tactical weaknesses and now our experts have removed these weaknesses by the help of their experiences in (overhauling) other fighters,” Commander of Air Base 8 in Isfahan province General Massoud Rouzkhosh told FNA.
Noting that the Air Force has been test-firing different types of bombs on F7, he said, “We have obtained positive results after test-firing the latest missile on F7 and we are upgrading this system.”
Iran has recently made giant advancements in aerospace industries, specially in overhauling different fighter jets, building drones and equipping them with different missiles and bombs.
Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Lieutenant General Ali Darabi announced in September 2013 that the country had equipped its drones with different bombs and rockets to increase their operational capabilities.
“The Army Ground Force uses drones in reconnaissance, combat, psychological operations and electronic war and has had valuable achievements in this field,” Darabi said in Tehran.
He also said that Iran enjoys the smallest and biggest combat Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and has built modern drones with high capabilities.
“Using drones for reconnaissance, we cover hundreds of kilometers of area along the borders and by equipping them with bombs and rockets, we have defensive and logistic measures on our agenda,” Darabi said.
The Iranian Ground Force unveiled the country’s latest home-made combat drone named ‘Yasir’ in 2013.
Elaborating on the capabilities and specifications of Yasir drone, Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said, “One of the capabilities of Yasir is detection and targeting of remote targets.”
He said that the drone is equipped with the most advanced reconnaissance systems.