Iran is manufacturing a new domestically designed advanced fighter jet, the deputy commander of the Iranian Air Force announced on Wednesday, Tehran Times reported.
Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh also said that the new achievement would help eliminate the need to purchase fighter jets from other countries.
Elsewhere in his remarks, he said that Iran was designing and manufacturing new air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, adding that a number of the missiles would be tested during the current Iranian calendar year, which started on March 21.
In February 2013, Iran unveiled a new domestically manufactured fighter jet, named the Qaher 313 (Dominant 313).
The Qaher 313 was designed and manufactured by experts at the Aviation Industries Organization of the Defense Ministry.
The "indigenous" fighter plane is made of advanced components and is able to avoid radar detection and fly at low altitudes.
The aircraft, which enjoys high offensive capability, is able to carry advanced weapons and take off from and land on short runways.
In recent years, the Defense Ministry has made significant achievements in the field of aerospace technology.
Iran unveiled its first domestically manufactured fighter jet, called the Azarakhsh (Lightning), in 2007. The Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) fighter plane was a follow-up aircraft derived from the Azarakhsh. Iran unveiled its first squadron of Saeqeh fighter jets in an air show in September 2010.
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