Iran started mass production of Kowsar fighter jet


Iran’s Air Force has operated about a few dozens of strike aircraft, either Russian planes or US models obtained before the 1979 Iranian revolution.

Iran has started its mass production of a fourth-generation locally designed and manufactured interceptor Kowsar fighter jet in a major step toward the renovation of its Air Force, state television reported.

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State media said the new Kowsar fighter jet had “advanced avionics” and multipurpose radar, and it was “100-percent indigenously made” for the first time.

Footage of the Kowsar’s test flights was circulated by various official media. But live footage of the plane taxiing along a runway at the defense show was cut before it took off.

Indeed, “Soon the needed number of this plane will be produced and put into service with the Air Force,” Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami stated at a ceremony launching the plane’s production.

Iran unveiled the Kowsar domestic fighter jet in August with President Hassan Rouhani saying Tehran’s military strength was only designed to deter enemies and aimed at creating “lasting peace”.

Earlier in November, the US government stated it would re-impose of all sanctions on Iran starting on November 5, comprising Iran’s shipping, financial and energy sectors.

Following the US decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and re-impose anti-Iranian sanctions, Tehran is striving to develop domestic production of arms and military equipment.

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