Upgraded version of C-130 aircraft joins air fleet

TEHRAN, Sept. 26 (MNA) – The upgraded version of the C-130 aircraft joined the air fleet on Sunday in a ceremony attended by defense chief Ahmad Vahidi.

Iran first used the C-130 aircraft in 1970, but the Islamic Republic was not able to upgrade the aircraft since a number of sanctions were imposed on the country and Tehran broke off relations with C-130 factory, Vahidi stated.

Iran’s air industry, in cooperation with the avionic department of the Defense Ministry, has made great efforts to design and manufacture the upgraded version of C-130 airplane, he explained.

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed, now Lockheed Martin. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medical evacuation, and cargo transport aircraft.

Missile delivery failure

Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi also said Iran plans to design a long-range antiaircraft system to be used as an alternative to the Russian S-300 missile system.

At present, a majority of Iranian experts defend developing a long-range antiaircraft system to replace the Russian-made S-300 missile system, Vahidi told reporters.

He went on to say that Russia has tarnished its global reputation as it has announced that it would not deliver the S-300 missile system to Iran.

According to a contract signed in 2005, Russia undertook to deliver S-300 missile system to Iran.

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