Iranian jet fighter holds first air show

Tehran, April 16, IRNA – Iranian jet fighter Kowsar held its debut air show over Tehran on Tuesday in addition to refuelling another jet fighter of the Iranian brand in the air.

Kowsar flew with an F5, a Mig 29 and a Saeqeh in a joint drill. A Boeing 747 supertanker participated in the show, as well.

The air show was organized two days before Iran National Army Day.

On the Army Day, only indigenized jet fighters will fly, according to the Army commanders.

Kowsar jet fighter was unveiled in mid-summer last year and went into mass production in mid-fall. Kowsar is the third Iranian jet fighter after Azarakhsh and Saeqeh.

The domestically-developed jet fighter, 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 been optimized for 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.

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