Iran manufactures F-14 engine

Iranian engineers have recently managed to manufacture a mini jet engine through reverse engineering that was demonstrated in the Kish Airshow 2005 which is in progress in Kish, said the project manager, Mohammad Reza Saeedi.

The engine which is technically so complicated was entitled “Tolu’ 4” (Sunrise 4) by the Iranian manufacturer affiliated to the Iran Plane Manufacturing Co.

A more developed version of “Tolu’ 4” is under study, Saeedi added citing that Iran has demonstrated that it would be able to achieve self-efficiency in manufacturing complicated turbine engines too.

Local helicopters

Nearly 30 Iranian engineers of Iran Helicopter Support and Renewal Co. (PANHA) have a plan under final stages of study to design a local helicopter. The plan will be enforced as soon as it obtains official confirmation, said an official of the company, Fereydoun Qarib.He forecasted that the design process of the project will be implemented by next year.PANHA used to actively repair and overhaul most of the country’s fleet of helicopters during the Iraqi war against Iran (1980-1988). PANHA demonstrated its latest achievements in the Kish Airshow 2005.

Self-efficiency in making drone planes

Iran does not need anymore to import drone reconnaissance planes since it has reached self-efficiency in manufacturing such planes, said the marketing and sales manager of the Qods Air Industries Co. affiliated to the Ministry of Defense.

The plane is entitled “Mohajer 2” and is able to fly by 11,000 feet height with a speed of 200 km/hr. It is able to send live images while flying as far as 50 km away from the base, Reyhani added.

The earth station of the plane is installed on a vehicle and is able to receive and store the images and the conversations of the flight team.

Another plane that is manufactured by the Iranian experts called “Saeqeh 2” (Lightening) is a target plane. The drone target plane has a maximum speed range of 250 km and is able to fly as high as 11,000 feed for 90 minutes, he concluded.

Production of F14 engine parts

Holding F14 aircrafts in its air fleet, Iran has been the second country after the U.S. owning such aircrafts but it has not been able to repair or manufacture their engines locally. However, recently, Iran has been able to produce the spare parts of the F14 aircrafts’ engines, said the project manager for manufacturing spare parts for airplanes’ engines of the Iran Air Co.
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