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18:11 | 2007-09-23


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President Inspects Home-Made Fighter Jets

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday inspected three models of military jets built by Iranian experts.

During the visit, which took place prior to his departure from Tehran to New York to attend the UN General Assembly meeting, the president was briefed about the design and production stages of 'Azarakhsh' (Lightening) and 'Saeqeh' (Thunderbolt) fighter jets as well a training jet called 'Tazarv'.

Ahmadinejad stressed the need for supporting domestic production, and appreciated the technical teams involved in manufacturing the three military planes.

Azarakhsh, a product of the Iranian Defense Ministry, and its second generation Saeqeh, which has been manufactured jointly by the Ministry of Defense and Logistics of the Armed Forces and the Air Force of the Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran, joined the Iranian air fleet after they could successfully pass the final test flight last Thursday.

The Iranian Air Force displayed the two fighter jets to the public on Saturday during military parades to mark the anniversary of US-backed Iraqi invasion of Iran (1980).

The Islamic Republic celebrated the start of official flights by its home-made fighter jets during a ceremony attended by a number of officials and commanders, including the defense minister, at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport last Thursday.

Saeqeh, a joint product of the Iranian air force and defense ministry, has been described as similar to the American F-18 fighter jet.

Last month, Iran showed off for the first time a new fighter jet said to be modeled on the American F-5 but built using domestic technology.

The Azarakhsh jet - one of the first home-produced military planes by Iran - made a successful flight in the central city of Isfahan in a ceremony attended by Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar and other officials last month.

The development of the plane was first announced in September last year, when military officials said that it was "comparable" to the US F-5 fighter jet.

Following the successful flight of Azarakhsh fighter jet, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said that Saeqeh which is the second generation of the same fighter jet would also launch official flights in the Iranian sky in the near future.

The fly-past in Isfahan was apparently the first time the Azarakhsh jet has been shown in public.

The current US embargo means that Iran must work hard to find spare parts to keep its fleet in the air and officials have repeatedly emphasized the importance of moving towards self-sufficiency in defense.

Iran has also announced that it would soon test fly the third generation of its domestically-built fighter jet Saeqeh.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, executor of Saeqeh manufacturing project Hassan Parvaneh said that manufacture of the third generation of Azarakhsh is underway, and added that the new type which will be tested in the near future differs from the previous generations due to major changes in its weapon system, aerodynamics and operational range.

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