Iran Unveils Its First Local-Made Jet Fighter

Baghdad, Iran unveiled its first domestically-made fighter aircraft dubbed Kowsar during a defense exhibition in Tehran on Tuesday, with President Hassan Rouhani attending the ceremony held to mark the country's defense achievements.

The Official Iran news Agency said "The jet fighter has been designed and manufactured in collaboration with experts of Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO), other industrial organizations of the Ministry of Defense, Iranian Air Force, universities and knowledge-based companies.

Irna added that "The domestically-developed fighter aircraft, utilizing a wide network of the Iranian knowledge-based companies and industrial organizations of the Ministry of Defense along with other academic and research centers in the country, has optimized combat capability of the pilot, localized avionics and advanced 4th generation fire control as well as mechanical and hydraulic systems and the engine.

The fighter jet features an advanced integrated architecture and fire control avionics, the 4th generation digital data network, multi-purpose digital display technology, computerized ballistic calculations of weaponry and the HUD system to increase the accuracy of weapons and ammunition hits, advanced multi-objective fire control radar to enhance the detection of targets and threats, accurate radio and navigation independence and a smart mapping system.

The jet will be produced in single seat and twin seat versions with the twin seat expected to be used in training pilots.

A ceremony to mark the anniversary of Iran's military industry inaugurated in Tehran in the presence of President Rouhani on Tuesday.

Prior to the ceremony, President Rouhani toured an exhibition showcasing Iran's defense achievements.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency