Iran unveils first domestic fighter jet at defence exhibition

Iran unveils first domestic fighter jet at defence exhibition

Images on state television showed President Hassan Rowhani sitting in the cockpit of the new plane at the National Defence Industry exhibition in Tehran.

Iran's first indigenous fighter jet, unveiled on Tuesday, is by no means a threat to the region but for sustainable peace, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said.

Under the 2015 deal, Iran curbed its contested uranium enrichment programme under United Nations monitoring and won an end to global sanctions in return.

He also rejected the idea of negotiations with the United States, saying Iranians saw how Washington reneged on the 2015 nuclear deal and withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in an "inhuman" manner.

The Iranian vice president said on Wednesday the United States and Israel, "the sworn enemies of the Islamic Republic", had created economic problems but Iran would overcome them with the help of its allies and "smart diplomacy".

Iran's Defense Ministry boasted the new jet as a fourth-generation fighter with "advanced avionics and multipurpose radar", according to Reuters.

"If they want to meet, that's fine, and if they don't want to meet, I couldn't care less", he said.

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Rouhani also touched on the U.S. decades-long enmity towards Iran and said, "Why does the USA not attack us?

Iran unveiled the new "Kowsar" fighter jet Thursday, asserting that the aircraft will strengthen Iran's military might and deter the US.

Test flights of the jet, dubbed the Kowsar, took place Tuesday local time on the eve of the National Day of the Defence Industry, according to semi-official Mehr News Agency.

Rouhani compared the sanctions on Iran with the U.S. trade war with China and its new tariffs on some imports from Turkey and European countries. The event also featured the unveiling of the latest achievements in the defense sector, including the first homegrown fighter/trainer jet "Kosar" which underwent its successful flight-tests today in the presence of President Rouhani.

Iran's adversaries, such as Israel and Gulf nations, have a superior air force than Tehran's limited fleet of Russian and USA strike aircraft that predate the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

While Iran has sent weapons and thousands of fighters to Syria to battle alongside President Bashar al-Assad's army in a seven-year civil war, Syria has relied on Russian Federation - not Iran - for air support in the war.

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