A senior Iranian Air Force commander announced on Monday that the country has succeeded in overhauling its strategic Mig-29 fighter jets inside the country.
"For the first time in the country, we received the permission for overhauling two Mig-29 fighter jets in Tabriz (air base) and the five-stage overhauling procedures were carried out in two phases in Tabriz," Commander of Tabriz Air Base Mohammad Hellatabadi said in a ceremony in Iran's Northwestern city of Tabriz.
"And today, we observe the two overhauled planes flying over Tabriz air base," the commander noted.
Earlier in July, 2010, Iranian Air Force Commander Brigadier General Hassan Shahsafi announced that the country has successfully renovated one of its strategic Mig-29 fighter jets.
Shahsafi added that the refurbishment of the fighter jet was carried out at a military airbase in the Northwestern city of Tabriz where the aircraft successfully took off after being grounded for years.
"All the stages of the fighter's repair and modernization program were conducted by Iranian engineers," Shahsafi noted at the time.
The commander also noted that the country has, over the past years, made extensive efforts to build the essential spare parts to upgrade the IRIAF fleet and optimize its performance.
Iran also witnessed the maiden flight of its pilotless trainer aircraft in June at the re-launching ceremony of the renovated Mig-29.
Iran has recently made good progress in the air industry and has succeeded in gaining the technical know-how for producing stealth aircraft and drones.