February 20, 2014 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Air Force (IRIAF) successfully carried out the overhaul of a C-130 Hercules tactical transport aircraft.
Imperial Iranian Air Force C-130E #5-113 seen on the ramp at RAF Lyneham sometime in 1969 [C-130.net photo]
Carried out at the Martyr Major General Abbas Doran 7th Base, located in the western city of Shiraz, Iran, the overhauling operations took 23,000 man/hours of work.
The military aircraft returned to service after a few successful test flights.
Iran currently uses C-130E, C-130H and 1 RC-130 aircraft for troop and cargo transport operations. Iran first acquired its C-130s in 1970 during the reign of Shah Reza Pahlavi.
In August 2013, Iran also successfully overhauled two mirage F-1 fighter jets at Shahid Nasser Habibi air base in north-eastern Iran, following 45,000 man/hours of work.
Iran also revealed in June last year that its experts were also upgrading different aircraft types, including the strategic Mig-29 and F-5 fighter jets.