Iran says it has indigenized flight simulator technology and has acquired the knowhow to build unmanned helicopters.
Managing Director of the Iranian Aviation Industries Organization Manouchehr Manteqi said Iranian experts have managed to indigenize flight simulator technology.
“From now on, before building any kind of drone, its simulator will be designed to reduce training costs and boost the capabilities of Iranian pilots,” Manouchehr Manteqi said on Saturday.
Iranian aviation experts have also gained the knowledge to build unmanned helicopters, Manteqi added.
Earlier this month, a home-made flight simulator system, compatible with different types of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), was unveiled at an international aviation exhibition in southern Iran.
The homegrown device was put on display at the 7th edition of Iran’s International Exhibition of Aviation and Aerospace Industries held on the Persian Gulf island of Kish.
Four of such simulators have been manufactured by Iran’s Aviation Industries Organization, an official said.
The new product is specifically helpful in training students in pilot courses.
The one unveiled in the exhibition has been configured to simulate flight conditions of the indigenous Ababil 3 drone.
Ababil 3 is a pilotless aircraft which can be used for military, research, environmental and trade purposes.
The drone can reach altitudes as high as 15,000 feet and has a flight endurance of 8 hours. It was first used in a military aerial exercise back in December 2013.
The Islamic Republic is now in possession of a broad range of UAVs which can be used for both civilian and military purposes.