A senior commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) says a new generation of indigenous Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) fighter jets will join the Iranian Air Force fleet before the end of the year (March 20, 2013.), Press TV reported.
"The new generation of indigenous Saeqeh fighter jets is being produced and will soon join the Air Force fleet under a new name," IRIAF Deputy Commander Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh noted on Monday.
The commander added that the new fighter jets are more advanced than the current ones and have been optimized by the Iranian specialists.
He noted that the new aircraft can be equipped with enhanced ammunitions, smart bombs and modern electronic systems.
Nasirzadeh further stated that Iran's Army Air Force is ready to counter any possible threat against the country.
In the recent years, Iran has made great achievements in the defense sector and gained self-sufficiency in essential military hardware and defense systems.
On Monday, Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) unveiled a new indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with 24-hour nonstop flight capability. The new drone, called Shahed 129, can carry out combat and reconnaissance missions with its 24-hour nonstop flight capability.
Iran has repeatedly assured other nations, especially regional neighbors, that its military might poses no threat to other countries, insisting that its defense doctrine is merely based on deterrence.