Iran to display domestically-made fighter jets on Army Day parade

April 16, 2019

TEHRAN - Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh, the commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF), announced on Monday that the domestically-produced “Kowsar” and “Saeqeh” fighter jets will be displayed on Army Day parades on Thursday.

Nasirzadeh said that the Air Force is determined to increase production of arms, especially fighter jets, in the current calendar year, which began on March 21.

Kowsar is an advanced fighter jet with a close air support (CAS) role that has made Iran one of the few countries with the know-how of designing and manufacturing such jets equipped with the 4th generation avionic and fire-control systems.

It was successfully test-flown on August 21, 2018 at the presence of President Hassan Rouhani.

According to the Tasnim news agency, various units of the Army’s Ground Force, Navy, Air Force and Air Defense Force are planned to stage nationwide parades on Thursday, displaying their missiles, tanks, armored vehicles, rifles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), fighter jets, radar systems, and air defense missile systems.

In addition to Kowsar and Saeqeh, MiG-29, F-4 Phantom and F-14 Tomcat warplanes will take part in the upcoming parade. The maneuvers will also feature KC-747 and KC-707 aerial refueling tankers, which will be flown from bases situated in the cities of Tabriz, Tehran, Hamedan and Isfahan, Press TV reported.

Kowsar and Saeqeh fighter jets participated in a preparation drill on Tuesday.

NA/PA

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