Official: Home-Made Kosar Fighter Jet to Join Army Soon


Chairman of the Iran Aviation Industry Organization Amir Karim Bani Tarafi announced on Tuesday that the newly-manufactured supersonic Kosar fighter jet will start mission in the near future.

“The Army Air Force will soon be supplied with Kosar fighter jet,” Bani Tarafi said, adding that the final tests are being carried out on the warplane.

“The production line of this fully indigenized fighter jet has been set up,” he added.

Bani Tafari said that Kosar has been designed and manufactured based on needs and operational demands of the Iranian Armed Forces.

Iran last Tuesday unveiled Kosar which is equipped with avionics (aviation electronics) and fire-control systems.

Kosar was unveiled in a ceremony participated by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran who ordered the fighter jet to fly.

The new fighter jet uses the fourth generation of military digital network and is equipped with heads-up display (HUD) system to increase the precision-striking power of weapons, advanced and multi-purpose radar for fire-control to boost the precision to trace the targets and threats and high-precision navigation system.

Kosar can be manufactured in two types of single-cockpits and double-cockpits and the second type can be used for training pilots in addition to enjoying combat capabilities.

Meantime, Tarafi told FNA that the fighter jet is a supersonic combat plane different from the training Kosar 88 plane unveiled in April 2017.

Meantime, Army Lieutenant Commander Brigadier General Mohammad Hossein Dadras announced on Saturday that Kosar has gone on line for mass-production.

“The defense ministry, in cooperation with the Air Force, is mass-producing the fighter jet,” General Dadras said.

He added that Kosar has undergone different ground and air operational tests by the Iranian Air Force experts for numerous hours.

“We have ordered this fighter jet for the Army,” General Dadras said.

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