Exclusive: Iran Developing Simulators for S-200, Hag, Rapier Missile Shields
Iranian military experts are building simulators for the long-range S-200, Hag and Rapier missile defense systems, a senior Air Defense commander announced on Sunday, adding that the country’s armed forces are now using 300 various weapons simulators.
“We used to have only 12 simulators for the S-200 missile systems, but as a result of the efforts of the Iranian experts, now the (Khatam al-Anbia) Air Defense Base has 150 simulators for heavy (missile) weapons (systems) and 150 others for light (missile) weapons (systems),” Deputy Commander of Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base for Training General Mohammad Qorbani said on Monday.
He reminded the development and building of Hag missile system simulators in Iran last year, and said military specialists are now building two new simulators for the Hag missile shield.
He added that Iranian experts are now halfway through with building a simulator independent from S-200, while development of the home-made simulator for Rapier missile shield has progressed by 95%.
The senior commander also said that 10 sky guard missile defense simulators are now being used by the Air Defense Base for training purposes.
Elsewhere, Qorbani also described manufacturing of drone and missile-launcher simulators as another plan being developed in the Air Defense Base, and said, “We also have 27 radar simulators for training our forces.”
Iranian experts have made huge progress in designing and developing various types of simulators in recent years. Simulators help cadets receive better training and test their skills in various weather conditions. The product helps the country save millions of dollars.
In July 2013, Iranian Air Force Commander Brigadier General Hassan Shah Safi unveiled several home-made pilot training simulators.
The systems train piloting cadets in correct methods of utilizing precise tools and instruments and make them familiar with cockpit situations in real flight conditions and air floating.
The main goal of such trainings is that the pilot will be able to control the plane in emergency conditions using plane tools, systems and indicators.
Also in 2013, Iran launched its first mobile simulator for the home-made Iran-140 planes in a ceremony attended by former Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi.
“Since flying Iran-140 planes in commercial lines requires training pilots with simulators, the skilled and efficient experts at Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industries Company (HESA) affiliated to the Defense Ministry’s Aviation Industries Organization (AIO) designed and built this complex system through their nonstop efforts and despite international sanctions,” Vahidi said.
He said that the new simulator was built based on international standards, and added that Iran was the sole designer and producer of mobile aviation simulators in the Middle-East and stands among the few countries which enjoy the technology.
Vahidi underlined that the simulation system enjoyed a full free-movement system, wide screen system and a real cockpit, and added, “It simulates all the systems of Iran-140 plane and provides the ground for the pilots to experience various flight conditions as well as emergency and critical situations.”
Also in December, Iran unveiled a new home-made maritime training simulator.
The simulator which was manufactured and indigenized by Iranian experts through reverse-engineering has two hardware and software units.
Massoud Firouzfar, the expert who led the simulator project, said, “In the last two years, we have been trying to put into operation the hardware part of the simulator through reverse-engineering and we have made good progress in the software part too which will be finalized by the next (Iranian) year (which will start in March, 2015).”
He said only three companies in the world manufacture maritime training simulators, and added that 1,000 people can be trained annually by the help of the system.