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Commander: Iran in Final Production Stage of Kowsar Training Jet

9 February 2015 19:36

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Iran is in final stages of manufacturing its new home-made training jet, ‘Kowsar’, Air Force Deputy Chief Liaison Officer General Aziz Nasirzadeh said, adding that the country is also ready to start exports of flight simulators to foreign nations.

“The double-cockpit Kowsar jet which is being designed and built in cooperation with the defense ministry’s aerospace industries organization is in final stages of manufacturing,” Nasirzadeh said on Monday.

He also elaborated on the country’s capabilities in building simulators for different types of aircraft, and said, “The Air Force has designed and built simulator systems for all airplanes using the most state-of-the-art technologies and we have reached full self-sufficiency in this regard.”

He also underlined Iran’s preparedness to export different types of simulators to other countries.

In relevant remarks in December, Managing-Director of the Iranian Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) Manouchehr Manteqi announced the country’s plans to test ‘Kowsar’ training jet next year.

“Kowsar 88 jet will go under tests in the next Iranian year (which starts on March 21, 2015) if the plans go ahead with no problem,” Manteqi told FNA.

He also referred to the manufacturing of Iran-140 planes in Iran, and said production of the different parts of the plane’s cargo model would finish this year and the final assembly of the plane would be carried out next spring.

Elaborating on the marine patrolling model of Iran-140, Manteqi said that the aircraft was being built in two models, the first model of which had been built and tested.

He also announced that the country was mass-producing the two home-made fighter jets, Azarakhsh and Saeqeh, according to domestic demands.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and gained self-sufficiency in essential military hardware and defense systems.

The country has repeatedly made it clear that its military might is merely based on the state’s defense doctrine of deterrence and that it poses no threat to other countries.

Manteqi underlined in 2012 that his organization can manufacture any number of home-made Iran-140 planes in 6 months.

“When the plane is ordered to us (for production), we prepare it in about 6 months,” Manteqi told FNA at the time.

Noting that the home-made Iran-140 planes used for marine patrolling missions were built in two heavy and light types, he said, “These kinds of airplanes are rare in the world; only three world countries build light planes and Iran is among them.”

Iran has manufactured several IRAN-140 passenger planes in the last few years, but the new generation has been designed and equipped with the needed tools, systems and devices for marine patrolling.

The first IRAN-140 aircraft was introduced by Iran in 2003. Five domestically-manufactured IRAN-140 planes were completed in October 2008 to increase the country’s transportation capacity and upgrade the Iranian passenger fleet.

The IRAN-140 is a double-engine turboprop aircraft which can fly almost 1,865 miles before re-fuelling and its passenger model seats 52 people.

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