Iran has unveiled its first homemade fighter jet, Kowsar, this morning with President Hassan Rohani in the cockpit.
The aircraft can be used for “short aerial support missions” and is equipped with systems that “promote precision targeting,” according to state media.
This debutante warplane is a product of the work of the specialists of the Organization of the Aerial Industry of the Iranian Ministry of Defense, counts on the advanced avionics system and the fire-fighting system taking advantage of the military digital data networks.
Kowsar is a fourth-generation fighter aircraft with multifunction displays, ballistic computers, and mobile smart mapping systems. The aircraft is capable of flying at an altitude of 45,000 feet and with the speed of Mach 1.2, Mach 1 would be equal to the speed of sound.
It is also equipped with a modern radar to detect enemy targets and a front display screen for precise guidance. It will be manufactured in two versions, single-seater, and two-seater, the latter for the training of military pilots.
It can participate in missions of close air support and is manufactured entirely by Iranian experts who have achieved in recent years great progress in the manufacture of a wide range of national quality equipment, which makes the Armed Forces are self-sufficient in various arms areas.
The construction of the Kowsar fighter plane allows Iran to be among the few countries that have the technology of designing and manufacturing fighter aircraft with the avionics system and fourth generation fire control.
The Iranian President, Hasan Rohani, Iran’s Defense Minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, and several senior military officers attended the ceremony, which was held on the occasion of the Defensive Industry Day.
Rohani has ensured that Iran’s defensive capability poses no threat to other countries. He denounced the Iranian campaign that the US and its allies have launched against Tehran after the victory of the Islamic Revolution some 40 years ago.