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Iranian Army equips Sukhoi-24 with night operation systems

16 August 2010 17:18

The Iranian Army has equipped its fleet of Sukhoi SU-24s with newly developed night operations systems enabling the fighter jets to accomplish missions at nights, a senior Iranian Army Air Force commander announced on Monday.

“Sukhoi fighter jet has been optimized by the Army Air Force experts and now has the capability to hit and destroy targets with high precision in absolute darkness,” Air Force Lieutenant Commander for Operations Seyed Mohammad Alavi told FNA.

These navigation and night flight systems have been mounted on all Sukhoi-24 fighter jets and they are now ready to defend the country’s air space day and night, the commander noted.

He added that the systems have been successfully tested during the recent Air Force drills.

The Army Air Force has recently staged several drills and air shows to boost preparedness of pilots and air defense units and test the tools, weapons and equipment developed by Iranian experts.

A senior Iranian commander had also announced earlier this month that the country’s Air Force had equipped all its fighter jets with new radar systems and electronic devices to improve their performance in night operations.

“New electronic and radar systems have been used by the Air Force for night flights,” General Amir Hossein Chitforoush told FNA.

“These systems had been upgraded and optimized during the last year and we are using them now,” he added.

Chitforoush further explained that night flights, combats and bombardments are carried out in absolute darkness and merely with the help of highly advanced radar systems, thus, to conduct night flights and bombardment, the country’s fighter jets should still be equipped with more upgraded equipment and systems.

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