Iran unveils first indigenous fighter jet

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Iran unveils first indigenous fighter jet
In this photo released by official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani is briefed by an air force pilot as he sits in the cockpit of a fighter jet, before an inauguration ceremony of the aircraft, Iran, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Iran on Tuesday displayed a new twin-seat fighter jet it says is all Iranian-made and which allegedly has advanced avionics and fire control systems. Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami stands at second right. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

Tehran: Iran unveiled its first fighter jet “Kowsar” at a ceremony marking the National Defence Day here on Tuesday.

The fighter jet has been designed and manufactured by Iranian engineers and will be used as a defensive tool for the country, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said. The jet, however, was by no means a threat to the region but for sustainable peace, he was quoted as saying by official news agency IRNA.

“Iran’s preparedness for defence does not mean warmongering but signifies a durable peace,” he said, adding that Tehran never invaded its regional neighbours and will never do so.

The Kowsar fighter jet made its first flight during the ceremony, marking the anniversary of Iran’s military industry in the presence of Rouhani, Defence Minister Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami and other senior military officials.

The jet features multi-purpose digital monitor technology, computerized ballistic calculations of weaponry and the HUD system to provide precise guidance, as well as advanced multi-objective fire control radar to improve threats detection.

Hitting out at the US, the Iranian President said: “Washington imposes sanctions on Iran, but refrains from taking military action against the Islamic republic, since it is aware of the heavy costs of aggression.”

“Any hostile move against Iran would cost the aggressors dearly,” he said, according to Tasnim news agency.