Radar Upgrades for F-14s
Source: “Nasab-e Radar ‘Melli’ Ruye F-14” (Installation of ‘National’ Radar on F-14s), Mashreghnews.ir, 24 February 2015. http://goo.gl/mPRlA9
Installation of ‘National’ Radar on F-14s
According to a Mashregh report, Colonel Asghar Shafiei, deputy commander of the regular army’s 8th Air Base in Isfahan, stated with relation to Iran’s self-sufficiency, because of the complex nature of the specialties in the [Air] force and especially with regard to aircraft and equipment, before the revolution, Iran was completely and entirely at the mercy of foreign countries like America and some European countries. Yet, after the revolution, imposed sanctions cut those ties. But these dependencies had caused the Air Force to stop thinking and innovation, and so officials decided to establish an organization for [internal] jihad and self-sufficiency to combat dependency. Shafiei stated aviation science is an advanced technology, and said, they kept true to this progress, and it is necessary for equipment, expertise, and support…. The assistant operations chief for the 8th Air Wing in Isfahan said all the aircraft in this organization will have an overhaul, and we won’t have any dependence on any other country. And at the Isfahan base where we have the F-14s, we have reached a point where we can say with certainty that Isfahan is the only place [where] these aircraft are overhauled and manufactured now, in the world.” He added, that we have gone from zero to 100 percent of the maintenance in production of spare parts, airframe, engine, landing gear and avionics and radar and all digital systems, and we can service and replace everything that needs to be replaced, and the plane after thousands of man-hours of work is ready for flight testing…. Shafiei further stated that now we are upgrading the F-14 and we have reached a point where we have a ‘national’ radar and we have constructed this national radar system for the F-14, and this radar was tested on the plane, and it has passed the test, and the F-14s on which we have installed this radar system are now flying.