The Head of F4 Air Fighter Overhaul Department has said that even the developer countries with F4 overhaul capability cannot reconstruct crashed air fighters during the war.
Colonel Seyed Ismael Husseini, the Head of F4 Air Fighter Overhaul Department of the Army, said that F4 air fighter was the most effective and efficient fighter planes in use during the Imposed War of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein against Iran.
“Great numbers of operations by the Air Force has been achieved by F4 air fighters,” he asserted. “The overhaul stages of the fighters include preliminary examinations and defueling, and then, it is ready for the overhaul,” he added.
“According to packages, the necessary repairs are performed on the air fighter,” he pointed out.
Colonel Husseini also added that nowhere in the world was a crashed air fighter overhauled and returned to flight standards again. “In this department, large numbers of crashed and damaged air fighters and planes are overhauled and returned to the Islamic Republics Air Force,” he asserted.
“For an overhaul of an air fighter, 14000 to 17000 men/hours of work in busy plan are carried out, and in crash section, the repair is defined based on damages on the air fighter, and the repair is done and fighter is delivered to Air Force,” he added.
The Head of F4 Overhaul Department, First Mehr Abad Unit also provided comments on the logistics and spare part provision of the fighters and said that “our exports, based on previous experience of the eight-year Sacred Defense, and motivated by the Supreme Leader’s guidelines, work seriously and return the air fighter to flight stage.”
On the capabilities of F4 air fighter, he said that with an external fuel tank, F4 could perform long flights, which gave it the advantage over other fighters. “Even developer countries with F4 overhaul capability cannot reconstruct crashed air fighters during the war, which is operated in Mehr Abad F4 Overhaul Department,” he asserted.
Although under sanctions by the US and UN, the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force has not retreated to inactivity, but, drawing upon the capabilities of young expert forces, it has overhauled the damaged fighter planes.