The Iranian Army Ground Force’s Airborne Division brought into service a homegrown simulator system for Bell 206 military choppers.
In a ceremony in Tehran on Saturday, Army Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Kiomars Heidari unveiled the upgraded version of Bell 206 simulator system mounted on a fixed skid.
The optimized system has been developed by local experts serving in the Army Ground Force’s Airborne Division.
Bell 206, a family of two-bladed helicopters, has been in service in the Iranian Army, Police and Emergency Medical Service for decades.
Due to the high cost of military flight training in actual circumstances, countries have focused efforts on developing simulators.
Iran is one of the region’s top countries in manufacturing advanced simulating systems.
Last month, Commander of Army Ground Force’s Airborne Division General Yousef Qorbani said Iran has the most powerful fleet of choppers in the Middle East.
Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in the arms sphere.
In comments in February 2018, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei called for efforts to maintain and boost Iran’s defense capabilities, hitting back at the enemies for disputing the country’s missile program.
“Without a moment of hesitation, the country must move to acquire whatever is necessary for defense, even if the whole world is opposed to it,” the Leader said.